From Disney to Sundance, Leadership Changes Rattle Hollywood

Peter Rice is out at Disney, Tabitha Jackson leaves Sundance, and more. What's the big picture?
Disney CEO Bob Chapek speaks at the Avengers Campus dedication ceremony at Disney's California Adventure Park on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Disney CEO Bob Chapek

It’s summer movie season and change is in the air. The past week was a reminder that the film and TV business is undergoing dramatic change at every level, thanks to a whole bunch of updates surrounding leadership across the industry.

On the heels of last week’s news that longtime Warner Bros. film chief Toby Emmerich was out of the job and replaced by MGM’s Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy, the latest studio update was that Disney TV head Peter Rice had been booted from his own role by studio chief Bob Chapek (above).

Meanwhile, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it had hired Bill Kramer as its new CEO, while Sundance director Tabitha Jackson left her post after two pandemic years. Kramer replaces outgoing CEO Dawn Hudson, while Jackson’s replacement will be hired in the months ahead.

In this week’s Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss all these changes and what they tell us about the state of the industry as a whole. Thompson, zooming in from the Sundance Directors Lab, also shares her expectations for the weekend. The pair also debate this week’s big new release, “Jurassic World: Dominion.”

Watch the full episode above or listen to it below.

Screen Talk is produced by Azwan Badruzaman and available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Spotify, and hosted by Megaphone. Browse previous installments here, subscribe here, and be sure to let us know if you’d like to hear the hosts address specific issues in upcoming editions of Screen Talk. 

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