Studio Report Card: For Disney, Big Hits But Also Big Bills

It was a year of transition for Disney, with Rich Ross — who took over the chairmanship from Dick Cook in October of last year — making big executive changes in almost every major department.

Going into the year, Disney executives spoke openly about cost containment. “We didn’t make money on some of these movies because they cost too much,” lamented theatrical distribution president Chuck Viane,…

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