Another top executive at Walt Disney Studios departs [Updated]
Another veteran film executive is leaving Walt Disney Studios.
Bruce Hendricks, the head of physical production who has supervised the making of more than 200 motion pictures, is leaving the company. Monday marks his last day running the department, although he'll remain as a consultant for several months, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
Most recently, Hendricks served as director of “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” a box-office disappointment that brought in just $23 million in global ticket sales, as well as the record-setting “Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour” movie.
Over his 25-year career, Hendricks has served as executive producer on the "Pirates of the Caribbean" trilogy.
Hendricks is the most-recent member of the old guard to leave or be displaced since Rich Ross took over as chairman of the studio. The list of the departed includes the studio's top production head, Oren Aviv, the executive in charge of distribution, Mark Zoradi, and marketing chief Jim Gallagher.
Updated at 1:30 p.m.: Marcia Ross, executive vice president of feature casting at the studio, also will be leaving the company after wrapping up several projects over the coming months, people familiar with the matter say.
-- Dawn C. Chmielewski