Disney’s longtime — and widely respected — theatrical distribution chief will call it quits in July
Chuck Viane announced his retirment Monday from his post as worldwide theatrical distribution president for Disney.
His last day will be in July, ending a 25-year run at the studio.
Stepping into his shoes, Dave Hollis has been promoted to executive VP of theatrical exhibition sales and distribution.
Viane will stay on as a consultant through the middle of next year.
"Chuck is one of the most knowledgeable and savvy individuals in the film industry," said Disney studio chairman Rich Ross, in a statement. "Throughout his distinguished career at Disney, he has proven himself to be a rare legend, deeply respected by those who have had the privilege to work with him here as well as by exhibitors and colleagues around the world."
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Viane, who joined Disney in 1985 from the exhibition side, is coming off a strong 2010 at the global box office — a year that featured two Disney films, "Alice in Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3," that grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.
Under Viane's watch, Disney's domestic distribution arm reached the $1 billion mark in annual box-office receipts 13 times.
"Being on the front lines at Disney over such an exciting period in the film industry has been an extraordinary experience," Viane said, in a statement. "I've worked on the best projects, I've worked with the best people, and I'm proud of the things we've accomplished together. Now I'm looking forward to watching my grandkids grow — and maybe getting to sleep in on Sunday mornings."
For his part, Hollis is a 10-year Disney veteran and Pepperdine University graduate, who most recently served as senior VP of international distribution.
Assuming the global theatrical distribution reigns from Viane after five months of grooming, Hollis will report to Bob Chapek, president of distribution for Disney.