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Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elects Isaacs president

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences elects Isaacs president

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., July 31 (UPI) -- Cheryl Boone Isaacs has been elected president of Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which presents the Oscars each year.

Rich Ross named Disney boss

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Rich Ross has been promoted and will replace ousted Dick Cook as chairman of Hollywood's Walt Disney Studios, sources told Variety.
Cook's departure may sink 'Pirates 4'

Cook's departure may sink 'Pirates 4'

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp says he may not star in a fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" film after all, now that Dick Cook is no longer boss at Disney.

Cook leaves Disney Studios after 38 years

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Walt Disney Studios head Dick Cook is parting ways with the U.S. company after 38 years following a surprising studio decision, a source close to Cook says.
Disney, DreamWorks ink distribution deal

Disney, DreamWorks ink distribution deal

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Walt Disney Studios Monday announced it has entered an exclusive long-term distribution pact with DreamWorks Studios.

'Toy Story' to get 3-D makeover

BURBANK , Calif., Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Hollywood's Walt Disney Studios said it plans to release new Disney Digital 3-D versions of "Toy Story" and "Toy Story 2" in theaters.

Miley concert to be 3-D film

BURBANK , Calif., Oct. 17 (UPI) -- A Disney Digital 3-D version of the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus concert tour will screen for one week at select movie theaters in the United States and Canada.

Zemeckis, Disney join in 3-D partnership

BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Director Robert Zemeckis and Walt Disney Studios of Burbank, Calif., set up a performance-capture company devoted to creating computer generated, 3-D movies.

Disney sets Gibson film campaign launch

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The Walt Disney Co. is set to launch an aggressive marketing and promotion campaign for "Apocalypto," the new project by troubled filmmaker Mel Gibson.

'Dead Man's Chest' tops $1 billion mark

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" has become only the third film ever to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, it was announced in Hollywood.

Disney to cut film production in half

BURBANK, Calif., July 12 (UPI) -- Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, Calif., is announcing it plans to cut the number of films it produces each year from about 18 to eight.

Brittany Murphy gives voice to 'Tink'

LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Actress Brittany Murphy will give Peter Pan's fairy companion a way to talk back in the movie, "Tinker Bell," Walt Disney Studios in California said. The Texas actress has starred in "Clueless," "Don't Say a Word," "8 Mile," "Uptown Girls" and "Sin City."

Pirate role is close to Depp's soul

HOLLYWOOD, June 19 (UPI) -- Johnny Depp's role in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" earned him $20 million, after decades of starring in marginal Hollywood films.

Disney to make Narnia film

HOLLYWOOD, March 2 (UPI) -- Disney is planning a big-screen adaptation of C.S. Lewis' beloved children's book "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
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Miley Cyrus (C), who provides voice work in the animated film "Bolt", poses with Robert Iger (L), President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Dick Cook, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles on November 17, 2008. (UPI/Photo/Jim Ruymen)
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Richard W. "Dick" Cook is the former Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. At the time of his separation from the company, he was the only remaining top Disney executive who had worked for the company since before Michael Eisner took charge in 1984. Cook holds a degree in political science from the University of Southern California (USC).

Cook began his career with Disney in 1970 as a monorail and steam locomotive amusement park ride operator at Disneyland in Anaheim and moved to the Disney Studios in Burbank in 1977 to manage pay television and non-theatrical releases. In 1980, he moved to the company's film distribution department, eventually heading both its distribution and marketing efforts. He earned a reputation there by his marketing of Disney's home video collection and hosting media-worthy movie premieres, for example securing a United States Navy aircraft carrier based in Pearl Harbor to host the debut of the film Pearl Harbor.

In 2002 Eisner named him as Peter Schneider's replacement as chairman of studios, popularly called the studio chief. Cook was in charge of developing, distributing and marketing all films, live-action or animated, released by Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures. Cook was also the executive in charge of the Disney Music Group, which encompasses Hollywood Records and the better known Walt Disney Records. He also oversaw the Home Entertainment and Home Entertainment International divisions of Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group. He was responsible for legal and business matters relating to the studio.

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