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The Walt Disney Studios Digital Drivers 2014

Janice Marinelli, president, Disney Studio Global In-Home and Digital Distribution and Disney-ABC North America Content Distribution
Under Marinelli’s direction, the studio has had two major achievements in the digital arena so far this year: the launch of the cloud-based digital movie service Disney Movies Anywhere with iTunes, and the success of Frozen, which has become the top theatrical digital release in the United States industrywide.

Marinelli leads in-home global distribution for The Walt Disney Studios — including titles from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, DreamWorks and others — across a wide spectrum of physical and digital platforms, including Blu-ray and DVD, electronic home video license, video-on-demand, subscription VOD, pay-TV, cable, broadcast television, online and other digital technologies. She develops product and marketing strategies for the studio’s portfolio of brands, franchises and characters across all in-home platforms. Marinelli also manages content distribution for the Disney-ABC Television Group portfolio domestically and in Canada, licensing first-run and off-network content from ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, ABC Family, Disney Channel and Disney Junior across multiple traditional and new-media outlets.

Dan Cohen, EVP, pay television and digital
Cohen and his team negotiate key video-on-demand and electronic home video license deals for the studio’s films with a wide range of U.S. and Canadian distributors, including MVPDs, and digital and mobile platforms such as Comcast, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon/FiOS, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung and T-Mobile. Cohen and his team successfully launched the subscription VOD service Disney Family Movies. Most recently, he led negotiations with iTunes for Disney Movies Anywhere, and he played a pivotal role in the agreement with Netflix that will make them the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for Disney films. Cohen’s team also has numerous agreements in place for television content with digital providers such as Netflix, Amazon, Google, Hulu and Comcast.

Jason Brenek, SVP, international in-home, and head of global business development
Disney looks to Brenek to oversee international distribution of studio content across all distribution channels after initial theatrical release. In addition to physical home entertainment and TV distribution, his international team is charged with growing digital revenue in the electronic home video license, VOD and subscription VOD arenas. Concurrently with his international role, Brenek also oversees the global business development and strategic partnerships efforts for the studio’s global in-home distribution segment. In this capacity, he’s responsible for sourcing new revenue opportunities, business models and investments, as well as establishing strategic partnerships and digital product strategy and incubation.

Susan McLain, SVP, global product management
McLain oversees in-home release plans and the overall product lifecycle for the studio’s theatrical releases and TV content across all windows, formats and outlets. She drives marketing strategies for physical distribution, windowing of releases, and cross-brand strategies, including physical-to-digital initiatives. McLain is tasked with driving consumer ownership of Disney-owned content. Most recently, she spearheaded the marketing and creative for the launch of the Disney Movies Anywhere app and website. She is responsible for its ongoing management and consumer marketing efforts.

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