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Disney’s Team Ross: Bailey, Viane, Sewell

Former LivePlanet executive replaces Aviv at Disney; other key moves

Disney announced Thursday that it has named Sean Bailey president of production, replacing Oren Aviv, who stepped down on Tuesday.

The move was among a number of sweeping changes touted by the studio, which is restructuring under new chairman Rich Ross, who now has his management team largely intact, save for a head of marketing.

Other key Disney announcements made Thursday:

– Domestic distribution president Chuck Viane (pictured below) will now also head international film sales and distribution.

– Michelle Sewell was promoted to senior VP of global publicity, reporting to whomever becomes the new head of marketing.

– Heidi Trotta will leave her post as senior VP of global studio publicity, remaining as a consultant. Other publicity department moves included the promotion of John Nicoletti to VP of global communications and Paul Roeder to director of global communications.

– Christine Cadena was named senior VP of multicultural initivaives.

Meanwhile, the studio conducted what it described as a small round of layoffs, primarily focused on the home entertainment division. The layoffs affected less than 1 percent of the studio’s staff, a Disney official said.

“Our industry is evolving rapidly and in order to remain at its forefront, we are adapting our organization to be more agile, creative and responsive,” said Ross said in a statement.

For his part, Bailey previously worked with Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Chris Moore on the production partnership LivePlanet, but he has been on the Disney lot of late, producing the Joe Kosinksi-directed "Tron Legacy." His feature film credits include "Matchstick Men" and "Gone Baby Gone."

Bailey will oversee all aspects of live-action film development, production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures and Touchstone Pictures.

“Sean’s talent, energy, and commitment to delivering quality content will help us achieve our goals of producing and distributing Disney-branded movies that entertain audiences worldwide,” Ross added.

As for Viane, the 23-year Disney veteran — who currently serves as president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures — will handle all aspects of film sales and distribution across 70 foreign territories. He’ll continue to report to Bob Chapek, who was promoted by Ross to the positon of president of distribution for Walt Disney Studios several months ago.

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