Disney Extends Chairman Alan Horn's Contract to 2018

Alan Horn

UPDATED: The exec, who was previously the head of Warner Bros. Pictures, took on the job in 2012.

Walt Disney Studios has extended the contract for chairman Alan Horn into 2018.

Horn, the former Warner Bros. chief, joined Disney on May 31, 2012.

Horn, 71, oversees worldwide operations for The Walt Disney Studios including production, distribution and marketing for live-action and animated films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm as well as marketing and distribution for DreamWorks Studios films released under the Touchstone Pictures banner. He also oversees Disney’s music and theatrical groups.

Horn replaced Rich Ross as chairman. One of his first jobs was navigating the complicated shoot for The Lone Ranger. And many of the movies made under his watch for Disney’s live-action film group are hitting screens this year: Million Dollar Arm; Maleficent; Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; McFarland; and Into the Woods.

Disney, aided by the success of movies such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Frozen, is having a strong 2014, setting company records for speed in reaching $1 billion internationally and $500 million domestically. It is the first studio this year to get to the latter threshold.

Disney is about to begin shooting Star Wars: Episode VII.