Last Friday, a month after reports that a fantastic action game, "John Carter" brought to its creators 200,000,000th losses, president of Walt Disney Studios Rich Ross left the company where he worked for a total of more than 15 years. His last post in which he has held since October 2009.
In a farewell address to staff of the studio Ross said:
"I have always said that our success is created and developed by people with whom we work, and I think they are the best in the business. However, the best people should be in their places on the roles that they carry away, they need to do a job that uses the full range of their abilities. This is one of the management lessons I received in my career.
I believe in the outstanding team of Walt Disney Studios, and I believe in our strong list of projects in our ability to capture and promote the film better than anyone else. But I do not believe that the role of head of the studio is for me. For this reason I have decided to resign as chairman. "
In turn, the CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, who sent Ross to retire on Friday released an open letter, paid tribute to the now former president of the studio:
"More than ten years of creativity, business acumen and personal qualities Rich Ross possible to achieve results key business areas Disney, to succeed in the field of children's and family entertainment, as well as run the franchise, which represent great value for our company. His vision and leadership opened the door for Disney around the world, making our brand a part of everyday life for millions of people. "
Ross joined the company in 1996 and most of his career within the corporation devoted to developing and supervising the television areas of his activity, becoming in 2004 the head of the network of Disney Channels. That he is credited with launching such successful projects like "Hannah Montana" with Miley Cyrus and "Lizzie Maguire" with Hilary Duff, as well as franchise "High School Musical", Zac Efron glorified. Even as Head Studios, Rich Ross, which won in 2009, he achieved an agreement on co-production with China, which is now one of the fastest growing film markets in the world.
At the same time during the work of Ross in the studio of the company suffered heavy losses, losing considerable sums on the "Prince of Persia," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and, of course, "John Carter". Team Disney has lost faith in his boss.
"He could not overcome the transition period. He grabbed the trappings of work, but not its specificity. We all saw how stupid he admitted mistakes, focusing on such things as parties and celebrities that were not really matter. People who had to deal with our company in the movie business, complained that it is difficult to work with him "- quoted one of his sources edition of Deadline. Moreover, among the most ardent detractors were Ross Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter, creative director of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter, director Steven Spielberg and producer Jerry Bruckheimer.