Like the Disney parks, The Walt Disney Company is constantly changing. We’ve seen several leadership changes in just the last few months, including additions to the metaverse team, a new spokesperson, and an executive who left after just months on the job.
Now, there’s been yet another adjustment involving one of the company’s top executives.
According to The New York Times, The Walt Disney Company has fired its most senior television content executive, Peter Rice. Rice was part of the Disney General Entertainment Content, which was responsible for creating over 300 shows for Disney’s various platforms, including ABC, Disney+, Hulu, and more.
This is a major change, as The Walt Disney Company has been putting a lot of emphasis on Disney+ and reaching the company’s lofty streaming goals. Rice was apparently fired due to “an ill fit with Disney’s corporate culture.”
The New York Times reported that Bob Chapek fired Rice in a short meeting this week, despite the fact that Rice had renewed his contract with Disney in August and the contract ran through 2024.
Dana Walden — a chairwoman for entertainment with Walt Disney Television — is expected to replace Rice. We’ll continue to watch for more of the latest Disney news, so stay tuned with DFB.
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