Disney Veteran Ken Caldwell Retires After 40 Years

Ken Caldwell, a nearly 40-year veteran of Disney, is retiring from the company at the end of the year.He most recently served as executive vice president and general sales manager of North American theatrical sales and reported to Tony Chambers, the executive VP of theatrical distribution.

In his role, Caldwell oversaw domestic distribution encompassing the U.S.

and Canada for the studio’s film labels, including Disney, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, 20th Century and Searchlight Pictures.

His position will be backfilled.During his 39-year tenure with Disney, Caldwell has spearheaded distribution for many major films, including eight of the top 15 highest-grossing domestic films.

Some of the titles he managed were the live-action remakes of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” as well as “Frozen,” Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Avatar: The Way of Water” and 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which remains the top-earning North American release in history.

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