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October 30, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Deposed Walt Disney Studios Chairman and former Disney Channels Worldwide President Rich Ross has been named chief executive of Shine America, a production company owned by News Corp. Ross, who was a fast-rising television executive heading Disney Channels Worldwide, stumbled badly when he was tapped to head the Burbank media company's movie studio. His 2 1/2-year run was marked by executive upheaval and disappointing movies, including the costly flop "John Carter. " In joining Shine, Ross is returning to his small-screen roots.
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July 9, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Steven Zeitchik
As Walt Disney Studio's "The Lone Ranger" limps off into the sunset after a bruising box-office encounter with the minions of "Despicable Me 2," it could be years before the studio gambles on a character unfamiliar to young moviegoers. The new take on the masked lawman and his sidekick Tonto, which cost Disney more than $225 million to produce, brought in just $48.7 million at the box office over the five-day holiday weekend and could result in a write-down of $100-$190 million for the studio, according to analysts.
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October 31, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing what Disney will pay for the Morning Fix. The Skinny: Time Warner Cable better get those deals done with DirecTV and Cox Cable for its new Lakers channel soon. A few more games like Tuesday night's and it will be a tough sell. Wednesday's headlines include Walt Disney Co.'s big deal for Lucas Films; Sony is cutting back on the number of movies it makes and former Disney executive Rich Ross has landed a new gig. Daily Dose: The ink isn't even dry on the Disney - Lucas Films deal (see below)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
What a difference a year makes. On March 9, 2012, Walt Disney Pictures released "John Carter," the sci-fi adventure film that promptly bombed, taking in about $40 million en route to a $73-million domestic gross that precipitated the resignation of Walt Disney Studios Chairman   Rich Ross. But with the $80.3-million domestic opening of Disney's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," which unfurled Friday, the studio has a hit that appears to have plenty of life left in it. "We are happy that the movie seemed to land with audiences -- and a broad spectrum of the audience," Sean Bailey, head of production at Walt Disney Studios, said in an interview Sunday morning.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2010 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Claudia Eller
Rich Ross, the television executive who helped revive the moribund Disney Channel, now has to prove he can work movie magic at Walt Disney Studios. The 47-year-old former talent department head has been, as expected, tapped by Disney Chief Executive Robert A. Iger to fill much of the studio post formerly held by Dick Cook, who was ousted last month after clashing with his boss and failing to deliver enough hits over the last year. Iger will look to Ross to reinvigorate Disney's flagging box-office fortunes and develop film franchises that can be sold across the entertainment giant's lines of businesses -- including theme parks, consumer products and television -- as well as grapple with a host of technological issues that are quickly reshaping Hollywood.
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January 15, 2010 | By Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski
Two months ago, newly installed Walt Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross sank producer Sean Bailey's planned $150-million production of "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." But that didn't submarine the relationship. On Thursday, Ross picked Bailey as the Burbank studio's new head of production, succeeding Oren Aviv, who was ousted this week after a disappointing spate of movies. Bailey, who has no experience as a studio executive, faces a steep learning curve in assembling slates of movies and managing dozens of executives and filmmakers.
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January 25, 2011 | By Steve Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
The late-night parties at the Sundance Film Festival are full of regulars, darlings of the independent-movie world who circulate in a small and clubby circle. Stalwart Sundance attendees like director Jason Reitman, executives such as Harvey Weinstein and actors including Zooey Deschanel and Paul Giamatti were again on the scene, popping into dinners feting various films, showing up at premiere parties, and congregating in the hotels and screening rooms that dot this crowded Utah town.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 18, 2009 | Claudia Eller and Dawn C. Chmielewski
In his first move affecting a major film project, newly named Walt Disney Studios chief Rich Ross has pulled the plug on a planned $150-million production of "Captain Nemo: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" -- the last project approved by his predecessor Dick Cook. The family adventure movie -- a high priority for Disney that the studio had envisioned as a potential franchise along the lines of "Pirates of the Caribbean" -- was scheduled to begin shooting in February in Mexico. Disney had already spent about $10 million hiring crews, who were prepping the movie and planning to build elaborate sets in Rosarito Beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
When his movie "John Carter" thudded into theaters in March, director Andrew Stanton escaped to New York and spent the next three weeks riding the subway, noodling on scripts and visiting with his daughter and some friends. For the first time since he started at Pixar Animation Studios in 1990 at age 24, Stanton was facing an unfamiliar sensation - the gut punch of a public failure in an industry that hardly shelters it. The film had forced Walt Disney Studios to take a $200-million write-down and helped lead to the departure of two top executives.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The Walt Disney Co. has named Hollywood veteran Alan Horn chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. He'll take the reins of the Burbank entertainment giant's struggling movie operation after the rocky tenure of ousted chief Rich Ross. Horn assumes the helm on June 11, with responsibilities to oversee production, distribution and marketing of live-action and animated films from Disney and its units Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel. Horn is a seasoned and well-regarded executive, who as president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 2012 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before seeing what Disney will pay for the Morning Fix. The Skinny: Time Warner Cable better get those deals done with DirecTV and Cox Cable for its new Lakers channel soon. A few more games like Tuesday night's and it will be a tough sell. Wednesday's headlines include Walt Disney Co.'s big deal for Lucas Films; Sony is cutting back on the number of movies it makes and former Disney executive Rich Ross has landed a new gig. Daily Dose: The ink isn't even dry on the Disney - Lucas Films deal (see below)
NEWS
October 30, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a surprise deal that gives the media giant control of the "Star Wars" franchise. Along with the purchase, Disney announced that it plans to release a seventh live-action "Star Wars" movie in 2015. The agreement continues Chief Executive Bob Iger's strategy of growing Disney through huge acquisitions that give the Burbank company control of key pieces of intellectual property. In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, a deal that resulted in this year's hit "The Avengers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Walt Disney Co. has agreed to acquire Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion in a surprise deal that gives the media giant control of the "Star Wars" franchise. Along with the purchase, Disney announced that it plans to release a seventh live-action "Star Wars" movie in 2015. The agreement continues Chief Executive Bob Iger's strategy of growing Disney through huge acquisitions that give the Burbank company control of key pieces of intellectual property. In 2009, Disney acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, a deal that resulted in this year's hit "The Avengers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2012 | By Joe Flint
Deposed Walt Disney Studios Chairman and former Disney Channels Worldwide President Rich Ross has been named chief executive of Shine America, a production company owned by News Corp. Ross, who was a fast-rising television executive heading Disney Channels Worldwide, stumbled badly when he was tapped to head the Burbank media company's movie studio. His 2 1/2-year run was marked by executive upheaval and disappointing movies, including the costly flop "John Carter. " In joining Shine, Ross is returning to his small-screen roots.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
When his movie "John Carter" thudded into theaters in March, director Andrew Stanton escaped to New York and spent the next three weeks riding the subway, noodling on scripts and visiting with his daughter and some friends. For the first time since he started at Pixar Animation Studios in 1990 at age 24, Stanton was facing an unfamiliar sensation - the gut punch of a public failure in an industry that hardly shelters it. The film had forced Walt Disney Studios to take a $200-million write-down and helped lead to the departure of two top executives.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Is Hollywood having a blowout year or a dismal one? The confounding answer: both. This weekend, "The Dark Knight Rises"is expected to dominate the box office, joining "The Avengers"and "The Hunger Games"in a small, elite group of high-profit 2012 blockbusters. Buoyed by strong reviews and an eager fan base, director Christopher Nolan's final Batman movie will probably debut with around $190 million in ticket sales, and has a shot at surpassing the three-day "Avengers" record of $207 million.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
In naming film veteran Alan Horn to oversee its troubled movie studio, Walt Disney Co. has tapped an executive who nurtured the blockbuster "Harry Potter" franchise and could bring magic back to the studio that once controlled the family film market. The former Warner Bros. Entertainment president takes over as Walt Disney Studios chairman June 11, assuming control of the Burbank company whose 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" heralded a golden age of animated movies and made Mickey Mouse, Ariel and the Lion King an indelible part of the American childhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
The Walt Disney Co. has named Hollywood veteran Alan Horn chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. He'll take the reins of the Burbank entertainment giant's struggling movie operation after the rocky tenure of ousted chief Rich Ross. Horn assumes the helm on June 11, with responsibilities to oversee production, distribution and marketing of live-action and animated films from Disney and its units Pixar Animation Studios and Marvel. Horn is a seasoned and well-regarded executive, who as president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros.
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