Premiere magazine Editor in Chief Susan Lyne has been hired as a top executive at Walt Disney Co.'s Motion Pictures Group, where she will acquire and develop material for films.
Lyne, who will be based in New York, plans to buy books, screenplays and stage plays for Disney. Her formal title in the newly created job will be executive vice president in charge of acquisition and development of intellectual material and new opportunities. Joe Roth, chairman of the Disney group, said Lyne will "be an invaluable asset to our growing presence in New York."
In an interview, Lyne said she will be succeeded at the movie industry magazine by Christopher Connelly, a Premiere executive editor.
Lyne's departure comes six months after French publisher Hachette Filipacchi Magazines Inc., in partnership with New World Communications, agreed to buy Premiere for about $20 million from K-III Communications. Lyne said she has considered leaving the magazine several times in the past, but wanted to wait until things had settled down after the sale before considering offers.