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Disney restructures Marvel Studios marketing department

August 23, 2011 |  3:26 pm

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Three top marketing executives at Marvel Studios have been ousted as part of a restructuring by corporate parent Walt Disney Co., a person familiar with the matter confirmed.  

Disney has taken over the marketing and distribution of Marvel films from Paramount Pictures, beginning with "The Avengers," which is due out next summer.

Indeed, the Burbank studio already is putting its promotional mark on the film. Last weekend, Disney brought in six of the movie's stars and showed a montage of action sequences from the upcoming picture at its D23 fan convention in Anaheim. 

Displaced in the restructuring were Dana Precious, executive vice president of worldwide marketing; Jeffrey Stewart, marketing vice president; and Jodi Miller, marketing manager. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Marvel Studios spokesman Paul Pflug declined to comment.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

Photo: Robert Downey Jr., who stars as Iron Man in the upcoming movie, "The Avengers," appeared at Disney's D23 fan convention. Credit: Walt Disney Co.

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