John Carter Axe Falls, Studio Head Rich Ross Out at Disney

After two and a half years running Disney, during which time the Mouse House released hits like Pirates of the Caribbean 4, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, The Muppets, and The Help -- but also a string of disappointments topped by last month's quarter-billion dollar bomb John Carter -- studio head Rich Ross is out. "The best people need to be in the right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that leverages the full range of their abilities," Ross said in a statement. "It's one of the leadership lessons I've learned during my career, and it's something I've been giving a great deal of thought to as I look at the challenges and opportunities ahead... I no longer believe the Chairman role is the right professional fit for me." [Deadline]


  • The Chairman role is no longer the right professional Rich Ross will throw himself on the grenade and save the life of the team. Noble. It's like strange baseball, where you get lots of hits, even a home-run, but One strike and yer OUT!!!

    Hey, Jen--next weekend is the Doo-Dah Parade, and some of my Klingon pals and I will be in it.
    Think we can maneuver this into a Disney job?

    • swarmster says:

      Especially when that "one strike" impressed fans around the world but the stadium forgot to sell tickets.

      It's really a shame.

    • Jen Yamato says:

      Never say never, Kris. Also: I'm gonna need video of you and your Klingon pals.

      • Do you think Rich Ross would want to dress up and play Klingon, now that his pencilled-in
        calendar's been cleared? And his pencil taken away?

        Video.... My good friend KODAK will be at the Doo-Dah Parade, taking pictures. It's his nature. I'll see if he can video us.... if not, Jen, would you be happy with a bunch of still pictures, and maybe make a flip-book type of motion picture????
        On behalf of K"BOB, KEG, KWAK, KAMEL, and others who are fairly shy,
        QAPLA, JEN!!

  • Jimmy Mahoney says:

    The real reason Ross got fired was because of the Time Magazine article released earlier in the week. Check it out, it's brutal.

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