He spent nearly four years as chairman of Universal but was abuptly replaced in September even as the studio was rebounding.
After 17 years at DreamWorks Animation, the marketing head left after flops Rise of the Guardians and Turbo.
Having angled for the top Warners post that went to Kevin Tsujihara, there was nowhere for the movie group head to go but out.
Sony’s head of worldwide marketing became the fall guy Sept. 23 for a summer that had little the studio could brag about.
She had never sold movies when she was recruited to head Disney marketing in 2010. Less than two years later, she was out.
Carney’s boss, a big success at the Disney Channel, didn’t master the movie biz, and after 2012’s John Carter flopped, it was adios.
The loyal 12-year Sony PR veteran, who zealously protected his boss Amy Pascal, announced he will step down in December.
When Paranoia crashed for Relativity in August, she was ousted after a little more than two years as the indie’s head of marketing.
The Fox veteran shared the top studio job for 12 years until his brash, tight-fisted approach was blamed for a weak summer of 2012.
An Oscar nominee, he ran Universal's specialty division Focus Features for more than a decade until the studio decided it wanted to make over the unit, putting FilmDistrict's PeterSchlessel in charge and sending Schamus packing.