A long-time distribution executive who, in 1996, was given creative duties as well as named chair of the motion picture group at Walt Disney Studios, Richard Cook made a name for himself not just by r...
Bakersfield, California, USA
|Moved to studio division as manager in the pay TV and non-theatrical division|
|Given responsibility for marketing as well as distribution|
|Named assistant domestic sales manager for Buena Vista Pictures|
|Appointed president of Buena Vista|
|Became sales representative for Disneyland|
|Named manager of sales for Disneyland|
|Began working for Disney organization as ride operator at Disneyland|
|Promoted to chair of the motion picture group at Disney|
|Appointed as chairman of Walt Disney Studios|
Cook is credited with the launch of such films as "Pocahontas" (1995), with a premiere in New York's Central Park, and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1996), shown in New Orleans amid a carnival atmosphere. Other hits under his distribution aegis have included "Angels in the Outfield" (1994) and "The Rock" (1996), among numerous others. Cook was also involved in Disney's restoration of the art deco El Capitan theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is now used as a movie theater as well as for stage shows, particularly those geared for young audiences.
From classic movie palaces to the state-of-the-art IMAX screens.