Shurgot upped at Dis Studios


Paul Shurgot, a key member of Disney's financial team for more than 11 years, has been promoted to senior vp and chief financial officer of Walt Disney Studios.

Shurgot will oversee all finance, accounting and information technology for the company, including the divisions Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Animation, Miramax Films, Buena Vista Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment, Disney Theatrical Prods. and the Buena Vista Music Group.

He will continue to report to Walt Disney Studios president Alan Bergman.

"Paul's finance and dealmaking skills have been a tremendous asset to all divisions of the Walt Disney Studios," Bergman said. "With so many new opportunities and changes taking place in our industry, Paul's role will be of vital importance in helping Disney maintain its leadership position."

During the past year, Shurgot had been serving as deputy chief financial officer at Walt Disney Studios. Before that, he held positions at Disney including senior vp studio planning and director of corporate operations planning, and he was responsible for finance and accounting functions and worked on a variety of financial deals.

Shurgot was manager of studio financial controls from 1994-97 and served on the team that oversaw the assimilation of Miramax Films into the Disney structure. He also worked at Ernst & Young Llp., Harvey Universal Inc. and KPMG International.