Alan Horn

Executive
One of Hollywood's most respected studio executives, Alan Horn oversaw the creative teams behind some of Warner Bros. ' biggest hits before transforming the fortunes of The Walt Disney Studios with a string of ... Read more »
Born: 02/28/1943 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Producer (3)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

Biography

One of Hollywood's most respected studio executives, Alan Horn oversaw the creative teams behind some of Warner Bros. ' biggest hits before transforming the fortunes of The Walt Disney Studios with a string of box-office smashes. Born in New York City in 1943, Horn graduated from his home state's Union College with an economics degree and, after serving as captain during a five-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, also obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School. Horn first ventured into the entertainment world as a production supervisor on various network sitcoms and quickly worked his way up the career ladder to land senior positions at Embassy Communications and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. In 1987, he co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment where he took control of many hugely popular entertainment properties including the iconic comedy "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998), and in 1999 was appointed President and COO of the company's fellow Time Warner subsidiary, Warner Bros. The studio was the top performer at the global box office seven times during Horn's twelve-year tenure, with the Harry Potter series, the Batman reboot and Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney's Ocean trilogy just some of the franchises he helped to guide. Despite this monumental success, Horn was forced out of his job in 2011 over concerns he was too out of touch with the movie-going public, but he bounced back a year later when he took over as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. Horn's handling of the worldwide operations for Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm saw the company report a record profit of $1.55 billion in 2014, with "Frozen" (2013), "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014) and various superhero sequels all benefitting from his industry expertise.

Relationships

Cindy Horn

Wife

Sol Horn

Father
deceased

EDUCATION

Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts 1972

Union College

Schenectady, New York

Milestones

2012

Landed Chairman role at The Walt Disney Studios

1999

Appointed President of Warner Bros.

1993

Castle Rock acquired by the Turner Broadcasting System; Horn has served as a managing partner

1987

Co-founded Castle Rock Entertainment with Glenn Padnick, Rob Reiner, Andy Scheinman and Martin Shafer

1986

Resigned from Fox in early fall

1985

Became president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in October

1982

Named chairman and chief executive officer of new parent company, Embassy Communications, in January

1978

Appointed president and given complete creative control

1977

Promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer

1973

Named vice president, business affairs, for Tandem and for its sister company, T.A.T. Communications

1972

Joined Tandem Productions

Bonus Trivia

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Horn was a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Museum of Broadcasting and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and also served on the American Film Institute Board of Directors and the Harvard Business School Board of Dean's Advisors.

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The Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation's 2004 Pioneer of the Year Award, the Producers Guild of America's 2008 Milestone Award and the Harvard Business School's 2007 Leadership Award were just some of the accolades Horn  received during his career. 

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