April 27, 1994 |
Ricardo Mestres is out as president of Walt Disney Co.'s Hollywood Pictures movie division, bringing an abrupt end to a six-year reign that left a string of lackluster films ranging from "Super Mario Bros." to "Swing Kids." Mestres, 36, stepped down Tuesday and was given a long-term production deal at the studio. The move was widely expected, based on long-running speculation that Disney management had grown impatient with the division's poor performance.
June 4, 1994 |
Michael Lynton, a top executive from Disney's Hyperion Press publishing unit in New York, is expected to be named the new head of Hollywood Pictures, sources confirmed Friday. The Walt Disney Co., under which Hollywood Pictures hangs its banner, is currently in intense contract negotiations with Lynton and his announcement could come as early as next week when details of his deal are hammered out, sources said. "It's between days and weeks," an insider noted.
December 2, 1988 |
Walt Disney Co., sharply countering production cutbacks by other movie makers, said Thursday that it is forming a new film unit and plans to double its production of feature films. The new unit, Hollywood Pictures, will begin operation in February and will make about 12 movies a year by 1991, Disney said. The studio currently releases about 15 films a year, including several "picked up" from outside producers, under the Touchstone Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures labels.
April 27, 1990 |
When Dick Tracy shoots his way into movie theatres this summer, his won't be the only famous name at stake. Walt Disney Co., in a bold departure, is releasing the film under the classic "Disney" banner usually reserved for such kiddie fare as "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Loaded with double entendres and featuring Madonna in outfits provocative enough to send Bashful into cardiac arrest, "Dick Tracy" drastically stretches the boundaries of the Walt Disney Pictures formula.
August 31, 1993 |
No one associated with "The Joy Luck Club," the film version of Amy Tan's best-seller saw it coming. Not Tan, who was dubious about a big-screen adaptation of her lyrical, deeply personal stories of two generations of Chinese women. Not the director Wayne Wang who, after his "Eat a Bowl of Tea" received a lukewarm response at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, swore off Chinese-American themes. Certainly not Disney's Hollywood Pictures, whose Sept.
October 22, 1994 |
Disney Gets 'The Horse Whisperer': In a much-watched Hollywood bidding war, Disney's Hollywood Pictures won a $3-million fight for the film rights to the book, acting on behalf of actor and filmmaker Robert Redford. The book is a first-time effort by British filmmaker Nicholas Evans. Rachel Pfeffer at Redford's Wildwood Productions was said to be instrumental in obtaining the project.