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Steve Asbell Takes Over 20th Century Studios Post Emma Watts; Vanessa Morrison Named Walt Disney Studios Streaming Production President

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EXCLUSIVE: Following the departure of Emma Watts at 20th Century Studios final month, the label’s 18-year vet Steve Asbell has been named President, Manufacturing, of the Disney-owned movie division, Deadline has realized. He’ll report back to Walt Disney Studios Co-Chairman and Chief Artistic Officer Alan Horn and Co-Chairman Alan Bergman.

Asbell beforehand served as EVP, Manufacturing, 20th Century Studios (20th Century Fox), since 2012 and has been with the studio since 2002. He is deeply revered by filmmakers together with James Mangold, with whom he labored on The Wolverine, Logan, and the two-time Oscar-winning and $225M+ grossing Ford v Ferrari, and Ridley Scott, with whom he has labored on the 7x Oscar nominee The Martian and the upcoming The Final Duel, at the moment dated for a Christmas launch.

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Asbell is at the moment overseeing upcoming movies Dying on the Nile, dated for Oct. 9, and The Final Duel. Previous to Fox, he held positions in manufacturing at Beacon Footage, Mutual Movie Co., and DreamWorks Studios.

As well as, Vanessa Morrison has been named President, Streaming, Walt Disney Studios Movement Image Manufacturing, and can oversee improvement and manufacturing of Disney+ movie content material from The Walt Disney Studios for each Disney Reside Motion and 20th Century Studios. She is going to report back to Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Movement Image Manufacturing.

Morrison most not too long ago served as President, Fox Household, following a decade-long stint as President, Fox Animation.

Morrison has served as President of Fox Household since 2017, after a decade as President of Twentieth Century Fox Animation. Along with a number of of the Ice Age movies and the Rio movies, she oversaw improvement and manufacturing of the animated movies Ferdinand, The Peanuts Film, The Ebook of Life, Epic, and The Improbable Mr. Fox, and Twentieth Century Fox’s live-action Garfield and Cheaper by the Dozen movies. Amongst initiatives she is at the moment overseeing for Disney+ are movies primarily based on such well-known franchises as Cheaper by the Dozen, Evening on the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Child.

Different appointments at the moment embrace Philip Steuer who will lead bodily and put up manufacturing and VFX as President, Manufacturing, Walt Disney Studios Movement Image Manufacturing, and Randi Hiller who will lead casting as EVP, Casting – overseeing these features for each Disney Reside Motion and 20th Century Studios.

Each will dual-report to Asbell and Bailey. That is a part of an alignment of some manufacturing features throughout the 2 studios –for each theatrical and streaming content material– which can allow larger coordination of the majority of The Walt Disney Studios’ live-action productions, together with assist for Searchlight Footage.

Steuer has led bodily manufacturing for Walt Disney Studios Movement Image Manufacturing since 2014. Since becoming a member of Disney, he has overseen manufacturing for such movies as The Jungle Ebook, Magnificence and the Beast, Pirates of the Caribbean: Lifeless Males Inform No Tales, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Jungle Cruise, and Cruella, in addition to Disney’s output for Disney+ which incorporates The Woman and the Tramp, Togo, Timmy Failure: Errors Had been Made, and Stargirl. Previous to becoming a member of Disney, Steuer produced Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks and the Chronicles of Narnia movies and was an government producer on OzThe Nice and Highly effective, The Alamo, and The Rookie, amongst others.

Hiller has led casting for Walt Disney Studios Movement Image Manufacturing movies since 2011, together with a lot of Disney’s live-action fairy-tale reimaginings from Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Ebook to Magnificence and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, and Mulan. She additionally oversaw casting on Saving Mr. Banks, Into the Woods, Pirates of the Caribbean: Lifeless Males Inform No Tales, the upcoming movies Jungle Cruise and Cruella, and the Disney+ movies The Woman and the Tramp, Togo, Timmy Failure: Errors Had been Made, and Stargirl. Previous to becoming a member of Disney, she was an Emmy-nominated unbiased casting director who forged quite a few movies together with among the early movies within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and “The Avengers), in addition to the Oscar-winning Crash.

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