Disney Shuffles PR Execs
As it heads into the holiday moviegoing season with Tangled and its franchise hopeful Tron, Walt Disney Studios is shifting pieces of its domestic PR department.
Joe Quenqua and Julie Fontaine are getting new titles and added responsibilities, taking on domestic media strategy for all titles and overseeing campaigns with N.Y.- and L.A.-based broadcast, print and online publicists.
Quenqua becomes vp of publicity and will manage the New York office for the Walt Disney Studios and will retain his responsibilities overseeing worldwide publicity and communications for Disney Theatrical Group.
Fontaine, as vp of domestic publicity, will be based on the West Coast and takes on not only domestic publicity but film festival and awards campaigns. She joined Disney in 2009 from Miramax, were she worked on campaigns for The Queen and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The two will report to Disney's senior vp of global publicity Michelle Sewell, who oversees domestic and international PR efforts for all studio titles, including Disney live action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney/Pixar, DisneyNature and DreamWorks Studios.
As Disney integrates more with DreamWorks, whose first film, I Am Number Four, it releases February 18, it is hiring Stephanie Kluft to work on the DreamWorks titles. Kluft, who spent nine years at Universal and two at Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, takes on the mantle of global vp overseeing DreamWorks PR campaign and will work closely with DreamWorks' Chip Sullivan and Marvin Levy.
The reshuffling comes two weeks after vp of global communications John Nicoletti left his position and returns to Disney's parks and resorts arena.