Amid the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, Universal sent shock waves through the industry Monday as news broke that Jeff Shell would be taking over Universal Studios, prompting the studio to fire Adam Fogelson. The shake-up also saw Ron Meyer becoming vice chairman of NBCUniversal and Donna Langley promoted to chairman of Universal Pictures.
In the wake of 2013's Paranoia, a $35 million-budgeted flop, Relativity and its head of marketing, Terry Curtin, parted ways. Russell Schwartz and Dana Precious stepped in, while Curtin's next steps were not immediately clear.
After finding himself embroiled in a sex scandal in 2013, Richard Nanula severed ties with Miramax, where he was chairman, and Colony Capital, where he was a partner.
Nanula, who was once CFO of The Walt Disney Co., was allegedly pictured in photos published to The Dirty, in which he was playing the lead in a porn movie with adult film actress Samantha Saint.
Tom Rothmanabruptly departed 20th Century Fox in September 2012 after 18 years with the studio. Rothman has since gone on to launch TriStar Productions at Sony.
Former Disney Studios Chairman Rich Ross' rocky tenure with the studio came to an end in April 2012, when Ross stepped down from his position. In a statement, Ross wrote: "I no longer believe the chairman role is the right professional fit for me." The move came after big-budget flop John Carter, which led to a $200 million write-down for the company in March. Ross was hired by Disney's Bob Iger in October 2009. Ross is now the CEO of Shine America.
Though Alan Horn guided Warner Bros. through a decade of success (particularly with the Harry Potter franchise) as president and COO, he was fired in 2011 amid tension with Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes. In 2012, Horn went on to be named chairman of Walt Disney Studios.
Marc Shmuger and David Linde were unceremoniously ousted from their co-chairmen posts at Universal Pictures in October 2009 when Ron Meyer named Adam Fogelson as chairman of the studio. At the time of the shake-up, Universal ranked sixth at the domestic box office.
John Lesher and Brad Weston both found themselves out of a job in June 2009, as Paramount CEO Brad Grey fired both the Paramount Film Group president and production president. Both were offered production deals with the studio, while Adam Goodman stepped in to fill Lesher's shoes.
Lesher most recently produced End of Watch and Blood Ties.
When Michael Eisner opted to hire Michael Ovitz as Walt Disney Company President in 1994, Jeffrey Katzenberg (then the Walt Disney Studios chief) resigned. He would go on to form DreamWorks SKG alongside Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, which would later split into DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation. Katzenberg launched a lawsuit against Disney following his exit and settled out of court for a reported $250 million. Today, he's the CEO of DreamWorks Animation.
Serving as chief executive for more than two decades, Michael Eisner revitalized Disney during the '80s and '90s with a slew of hit films and new theme parks. Also controversial during his tenure, Eisner famously passed up Jeffrey Katzenberg for the role of Walt Disney Company president, instead recruiting his friend Michael Ovitz for the position. (Ovitz lasted only 14 months and his exit prompted a long-running derivative suit.) In September 2005, Eisner quietly left his post with just a one-page sendoff in the company newsletter.
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