Alan F. Horn

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Alan F. Horn
Alan Horn with Jason Alexander
Alan Horn (left) with Jason Alexander
Born (1943-02-28) February 28, 1943 (age 75)
New York City, New York
Residence Los Angeles, California
Alma mater Union College
Harvard Business School
Occupation Chairman
Years active 1973–present
Employer The Walt Disney Studios
Spouse(s) Cindy Harrell

Alan Frederick Horn (born on February 28, 1943) is an American entertainment industry executive. Horn has served as the chairman of the Walt Disney Studios since 2012.[1]

Early life[edit]

Horn was raised in a Jewish family[2][3] on Long Island, New York in Riverhead.[4] He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1964. In 1971 he received a MBA from Harvard Business School.[5][6]


Horn served in various positions at 20th Century Fox and at Norman Lear's television production company, Tandem Productions. He was also one of the founders of Castle Rock Entertainment,[7] a company he oversaw at Warner.

Horn became President and COO of Warner Bros. in 1999, where he ran the studio in partnership with Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer for 12 years. Under Horn's leadership, Warner Bros. had many hits, including the Harry Potter series and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy.[8]

At age 68, Horn was forced to retire as President and COO of Warner Bros., at the behest of Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Bewkes who wanted to groom younger talent to take over at the studio, with Meyer relinquishing his role as studio CEO in March 2013 to be succeeded by Kevin Tsujihara.

In 2012, at the urging of The Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger, Horn was lured out of retirement to become Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, replacing Rich Ross who was dismissed after conflicts with Pixar executives. Horn's contract will run until he is 75 years old. Horn established a successful working relationship with Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Studios, studios which operated with great autonomy under Disney's overall ownership, while also overseeing strong box office releases from Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Animation Studios.[9]

In 2018, following a Twitter campaign created by alt-right personality Mike Cernovich, Horn fired James Gunn from directing Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, causing massive backlash from fans and franchise actors led by Dave Bautista. With no plans on how to deal with the recently created vacancy, production of the film was put on hold indefinitely. [10]

Personal life[edit]

Horn currently lives in the East Gate Bel Air section of Los Angeles, California,[11] with his wife, Cindy Horn (née Harrell), a former model.[12][13] They have two daughters, actress Cody Horn (Magic Mike) and Cassidy Horn.


  1. ^ Friedman, Roger (2012-04-18). "Alan Horn, Former Warner Bros. Chief, To Run Disney". Forbes. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  2. ^ Algemeiner Journal: "Hillary Clinton Raises Record $2.1 Million at Event Hosted by Jewish Hollywood Moguls" October 21, 2014
  3. ^ Brook, Vincent (December 15, 2016). From Shtetl to Stardom: Jews and Hollywood: Chapter 1: Still an Empire of Their Own: How Jews Remain Atop a Reinvented Hollywood. Purdue University Press. p. 15. ISBN 9781557537638.
  4. ^ "Alan Horn Archives - Riverhead News Review". 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  5. ^ "Students in Schenectady spellbound by Harry Potter's wand". 2010-11-20. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  6. ^ "Alan Horn (MBA 1971) - Alumni - Harvard Business School". 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  7. ^ "Warner Bros. studio chief Alan Horn to deliver 2010 Commencement address". 2010-02-23. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  8. ^ "Disney nabs former Warner Bros. president Alan Horn, names him chair of studio". The Washington Post. Associated Press. 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  9. ^ James Rainey (2016-04-11). "Alan Horn: Disney Chairman Guides Studio to Hits of the Future". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-02.
  10. ^ Borys Kit (2018-08-24). "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3' Production Put on Hold (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-08-25.
  11. ^ The Huffington Post FundRace 2008 Contributions map Archived 2011-11-17 at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Fiamma Sanò (2010-04-27). "Cody Horn". Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  13. ^ Hamptons Magazine: "#Hamptons35 Flashback: Cindy Harrell Horn, Circa 1982" by John Vilanova May 23, 2013

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