In a major shift for the Mouse House, Disney Channels Worldwide president Rich Ross has been named chairman of Walt Disney Studios.
He'll oversee production, distribution and marketing for all of Disney's theatrical labels, including Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone, Miramax and Disney/Pixar. In addition, he'll also head Disney's theatrical and music groups. He reports to Disney president and CEO Bob Iger.
Ross succeeds Dick Cook, who abruptly ankled the Mouse last month after a 38-year tenure, on the heels of string of B.O. disappointments.
A successor to Ross at Disney Channels Worldwide will be named in the next few weeks, according to a company spokesman.