Emma Watts, the 20th Century Fox exec who has overseen several of the studio’s most successful franchises, including X-Men, Deadpool, Planet of the Apes, and Logan, will continue as Vice Chairman and President of Production of the studio in the Disney/Fox era, reporting to Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn.
Present Fox Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider will depart the company after the merger closes.
Key 20th Century Fox execs who will continue to play roles in the Disney era include Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula of Fox Searchlight, Fox 2000 President of Production Elizabeth Gabler, Fox Animation’s Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird, and Fox Family President Vanessa Morrison.
Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Disney, said in a statement released today, “We’re pleased that these talented executives will be joining our incredible team of studio leaders once the acquisition of 21st Century Fox is completed. Under Alan Horn’s leadership, Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm have reached unprecedented levels of creative and box-office success, and adding Fox’s impressive film brands and franchises to our studio will allow us to create even more appealing high-quality entertainment to delight audiences.”
“The addition of these respected film groups under the umbrella of The Walt Disney Studios will create endless possibilities as we continue to deliver first-rate motion pictures to audiences around the world. This is an experienced group of executives, and Alan Bergman and I look forward to welcoming them to our leadership ranks upon completion of the acquisition.”