Disney loses head of U.K. theatrical

Robert Mitchell's exit confirmed amid shake-up

LONDON -- The management shake-up of Disney's international operations continued Wednesday as Walt Disney Studios U.K. confirmed the exit of theatrical chief Robert Mitchell.

Mitchell's duties will be taken over by Daniel Frigo, the executive vp and GM for Walt Disney Studios across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

A spokesperson for the group declined comment on the reasons for Mitchell's departure after more than 15 years with the company.

On Tuesday, the company announced a restructuring of its European ops, putting the region under the leadership of Latin America chief Diego Lerner, who becomes company president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Mitchell had overseen the U.K. ops of Disney's international theatrical unit for more than two years. He came up through the ranks, having replaced Daniel Battsek, who was named president of Miramax Films in summer 2005.

Mitchell has worked on a slew of Disney launches including "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which made its worldwide bow at a screening attended by the royal family. He also spearheaded the marketing of such pics as "Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" and "Sin City."

A British native, Mitchell first joined Buena Vista International U.K. in 1992 as marketing director.
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