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Longtime Disney executive Kristin Burr, who most recently served as an executive vp production in the live-action film division run by production president Sean Bailey, is leaving the studio ranks to become a producer.
She will start her own production banner, called Burr! Productions, and will set up shop on the Disney lot.
Burr has been with the Burbank-based company for 20 years, joining Disney in 1997 as a creative executive. She rose through the ranks, making a name for herself within the studio and Hollywood by developing and shepherding some of the top romantic comedies and comedies of the 2000s, among them Sweet Home Alabama, which starred Reese Witherspoon; Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds’ The Proposal; and Wild Hogs.
Burr also oversaw one of the few movies Christopher Nolan made outside of Warner Bros., the period magician drama The Prestige, as well as Bringing Down the House. More recently, she oversaw the Muppets franchise.
Burr most recently shepherded the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and Lin-Manuel Miranda from director Rob Marshall. She is currently working on the high-profile live-action 101 Dalmatians prequel, Cruella, which has Emma Stone attached to star, as well as Christopher Robin and Jungle Cruise, the latter starring Dwayne Johnson.
“Kristin’s experience, strength and talent have been of great value as part of our executive team and will serve her well as she transitions to a producorial role here at the studio,” Bailey said Friday in a statement. “We’re very much looking forward to working with her in this new capacity on some of our upcoming productions.”
Burr is expected to come on as a producer for several Disney projects in development, including Christopher Robin, which has Marc Forster on board to direct and will shoot this year, and Cruella, to be helmed by Tony-nominated playwright Alex Timbers. She will transition through the summer and will remain based on the Disney lot.
“I am so grateful for my time at Walt Disney Pictures and the people with whom I have had the fortune to work,” said Burr. “This change has been an aspiration of mine for a long time, and I appreciate how supportive Sean and [chairman] Alan [Horn] have been as I embark on this new chapter in my professional life. I look forward to this new adventure!”
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