DisneyToon Studios to be Restructured and Will Operate as a Separate Unit Within Walt Disney Animation Studios

DisneyToon President Sharon Morrill to Take on New Role at The Walt Disney


Jun 22, 2007, 01:00 ET from Walt Disney Studios

    BURBANK, Calif., June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- DisneyToon Studios (DTS) is
 being restructured and will now operate as a separate unit under the
 supervision of Walt Disney Animation Studios, it was announced today by
 Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. John Lasseter, chief
 creative officer for Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and Ed
 Catmull, president of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios will
 immediately assume responsibilities of DTS. Sharon Morrill, a fifteen-year
 Disney veteran who has served as president of DTS since 2004, will assume
 new duties within the Studio, which will include working on a variety of
 special projects.
     Commenting on the announcement, Cook said, "Sharon has been an amazing
 leader and has done a tremendous job. DisneyToon Studios has always been an
 integral part of the Studio and we are pleased that John and Ed will bring
 their vision in creating exciting original DVD premieres. They already have
 some very ambitious and innovative projects on the drawing boards."
     Catmull added, "John and I are truly excited to be working with the
 talented team at DisneyToon Studios in developing and producing original
 stories for the home entertainment audience. The first project includes
 Tinker Bell and a whole new cast of Fairy characters that have all the
 ingredients of wonder, magic and enchantment that our audiences expect.
 With DisneyToon Studios now part of Walt Disney Animation Studios, we hope
 to explore a wide variety of fun and original story ideas and projects."
     Alan Bergman, president of The Walt Disney Studios and to whom Morrill
 reports, added, "We're grateful to Sharon for the important role she played
 in shaping this division, and for building it into the undisputed industry
 leader. Her leadership resulted in some of the biggest video and DVD
 successes of all-time, and we look forward to working with Sharon on
 special projects."

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