Tony Chambers has been named the new head of Disney’s Global Theatrical Distribution. Chambers, who has been with Disney for over two decades, takes over the role from Cathleen Taff. Taff served as head of global film distribution since 2018. Taff still remains with Disney as the president of production services, franchise management and multicultural engagement for Disney’s content group.
Chambers’ new role comes as changes continue to happen at Disney after it announced its structural reorganization last year. This new structure puts a much greater emphasis on streaming. With the changes, budget and distribution decisions are now under the Media and Entertainment Distribution group, led by Kareem Daniel.
Chambers will now report to Justin Connelly, the president of platform distribution. Connel reports to Kareem Daniel.
With the new role for Chambers, he will have slightly different responsibilities than Taff did before him. He is now responsible for both leading and integrating domestic and international distribution for home and theatrical entertainment for all films that are produced and released by Disney. This includes all of the studios that are a part of The Walt Disney Company.
With the new organization for Disney, its content division’s main role is to create quality content. Distribution then figures out how is best to share it with the world. This could be theatrical or through streaming. Because of the pandemic, streaming has taken on a much larger role with Disney and other studios as traditional movie theaters continue to remain closed or at reduced capacities.
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