Sean Bailey

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Sean Bailey
Sean Bailey by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Sean Bailey at the San Diego Comic-Con in July 2010.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active2002–present
EmployerWalt Disney Studios
TitlePresident of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production

Sean Bailey is a film and television producer based in Los Angeles who currently serves as president of production at Walt Disney Studios.


As a co-founder and executive of LivePlanet, Bailey served as executive producer for The Emperor's Club, the Emmy Award-nominated Project Greenlight, Push, Nevada (which he also co-wrote with Ben Affleck), producer Best Laid Plans, Matchstick Men, and Gone Baby Gone.

From 2004 to 2008, Bailey continued as chairman and board member of LivePlanet while under a writing-producing deal at ABC Studios.[1]

In 2008, the film wing of LivePlanet was dissolved and Bailey teamed with Disney to form the production banner Idealogy Inc, which produced Tron: Legacy, the sequel to the 1982 film Tron.[2]. In November 2009, it was announced that Bailey would produce a remake of the 1979 film The Black Hole, which never materialized.[2] He co-wrote (with Ted Griffin) the original screenplay for the 2016 film Solace, starring Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.[3]

In January 2010, Bailey was named president of production at Walt Disney Studios, overseeing live-action films produced by Walt Disney Pictures.[4] Under Bailey, Walt Disney Pictures pursued a tentpole film strategy, which included an expanded slate of large-budget films, including franchise sequels, original films, and live-action adaptations of their animated films. The studio found particular success with the latter type of films, which began with the commercial success of Alice in Wonderland (2010), and continued with Maleficent (2014), Cinderella (2015), The Jungle Book (2016), Pete's Dragon (2016), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Aladdin (2019), and The Lion King (2019), alongside other fairy-tale properties such as Oz The Great and Powerful (2013) and Into the Woods (2014).[5] Other tentpole films including The Lone Ranger (2013), Tomorrowland (2015) and literary adaptations of John Carter (2012), The BFG (2016), and A Wrinkle in Time (2018), became box-office disappointments. Despite the renewed focus on tentpole films, the studio continued to produce smaller, "brand-deposit" films, such as The Muppets (2011) and Saving Mr. Banks (2013), a period drama which was the first time the studio had depicted its co-founder onscreen.[6]

In 2012, Bailey was named to the board of Sundance Institute.[7] In 2015, he joined the Board of Trustees at Caltech.[8]


  1. ^ Barnes, Brooks. "Disney Names Sean Bailey Its New Production President". New York Times. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "The Hollywood Reporter | Heat Vision: 'Tron: Legacy' team mount a 'Black Hole' remake". Retrieved December 1, 2009.
  3. ^ Lang, Brent. "Anthony Hopkins Serial Killer Thriller 'Solace' Gets Release Date (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Graser, Marc (January 14, 2010). "Disney names Sean Bailey production chief". Variety.
  5. ^ McClintock, Pamela. "Disney Rules Hollywood's Fairy-Tale War as Other Studios Bite the Poisoned Apple". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Barnes, Brooks. "Forget the Spoonful of Sugar: It's Uncle Walt, Uncensored". New York Times.
  7. ^ "Sundance adds Disney's Sean Bailey to board". Variety. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  8. ^ Stoller-Conrad, Jessica. "Sean Bailey Elected as Caltech Trustee". Retrieved May 10, 2016.