STUDIOS Leaves MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT - 1st September
film division is no longer under the oversight of
Marvel Entertainment, according to The
Hollywood Reporter. In a move reportedly orchestrated
by Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige, Marvel's
ultra-successful film division now reports directly
to Walt Disney Studios and its chairman Alan Horn.
The trade indicates that this was done to remove Marvel
CEO Ike Perlmutter from the equation, whom an anonymous
source said led to "several years of frustration"
with Marvel Studios and Walt Disney. This new corporate
structure reportedly took effect in late August.
Studios is taking the next logical step in its integration
with The Walt Disney Studios, joining Pixar and Lucasfilm
in centralizing many of its film-related functions
in Burbank, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige
and co-president Louis DEsposito continuing
to lead the Marvel Studios team reporting to Walt
Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn," an unnamed
Disney spokesperson told THR.
knows Ike is difficult," stated one of THR's
anonymous sources. "This has been a long time
coming. Kevin has grown his entire career under Ike
and now it just makes sense."