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Oren Aviv resigns as president of Walt Disney Studios

MUMBAI: Oren Aviv has resigned as president of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.


The studio, in a statement, said that a successor would be named "at an appropriate time."


Rich Ross, who succeeded Dick Cook as chairman of Walt Disney Studios last October, is keen to build a modern transmedia empire with an emphasis on promoting properties across the corporation‘s multiple platforms.


He was instrumental to do away with Cook‘s most trusted lieutenants. Last November Mark Zoradi, a 29-year company veteran who oversaw global marketing and most recently served as president of Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, quit his post.


Since Disney wound up its specialty division this month, it was time for former Miramax president Daniel Battsek to leave also.


Among Ross‘ new appointees are president of distribution Bob Chapek, chief technology officer Greg Brandeau and studio franchise, post-production and Disneynature chief Alan Bergman.


Until his departure Aviv had also assumed oversight of physcial production. However it is understood he took the blame for box-office failures like Bedtime Stories, Confessions Of A Shopaholic, G-Force and more recently Old Dogs.


Said Aviv in a statement, "I have loved every day that I have been at the studio and feel incredibly privileged to have been part of a team that enriched my life for 20 years.


"I will miss all the amazing film-makers, the many talented actors and most importantly the lifelong friends I‘ve been so lucky to work with throughout my Disney career.lone, understood in purely naturalistic terms."

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