| Ricky Strauss replaces MT Carney at Disney marketing |
Industry veteran Ricky Strauss will replace MT Carney as Walt Disney Studios' head of worldwide marketing, the studio said Friday, ending a messy chapter for the company. At Disney, Strauss will oversee global marketing for films released under the Disney banner, as well as those for Pixar Animation, Marvel Studios, and Touchstone Pictures banners, which includes live-action DreamWorks Studios films.
Strauss will join Disney from Participant Media where has been the president since 2005, overseeing a slate of movies that has had mixed success. He collaborated with Disney on the break-out hit The Help last year, which Participant co-produced with DreamWorks. At Participant Strauss, who was responsible for feature film production, acquisition and marketing, has overseen films including Contagion, Good Night and Good Luck and Syriana. Each of those were released through studio distributors.
Strauss' most recent experience is in production rather than marketing. He was previously a senior production executive at Sony after a decade at Columbia Pictures in marketing. In addition, Strauss ran his own film and television production company, Ricochet Entertainment, where he executive produced The Sweetest Thing, starring Cameron Diaz.
by Brent Lang