An executive who has been with Disney for 25 years is leaving the company, which announced today the departure of Disney Media Distribution President Ben Pyne.
Making the announcement was Bruce Rosenblum, president, Business Operations, Disney|ABC, to whom Pyne reports.
Pyne will remain on the job through the summer to aid in the transition.
“Ben’s reputation in our industry is second to none,” said Rosenblum. “What he’s built here at Disney, and what he’s been able to accomplish over the past 25 years, is truly remarkable. While we’ll be sad to see him leave, we’re excited to see what his next chapter holds.”
Pyne is quoted in the announcement saying: “I am honored to have had such an amazing career at The Walt Disney Company, which has been rich with unique experiences and incredible accomplishments, and prepared me well for my next opportunity. It has been a special privilege to help build and grow brands, networks and programming that touch and enrich the lives of viewers all around the world. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with fantastic people both at Disney, across the wider industry, as well as around the world, and I would like to thank them all for their passion, commitment and hard work.”
The announcement adds: “Throughout his illustrious tenure at Disney, Pyne accomplished numerous substantial distribution achievements. Under his guidance, Disney Channel transitioned from a small pay cable channel to the successful global service it is today, growing its distribution from 6.5 million U.S. subscribers in 1992 when Pyne joined the Company to nearly 100 million U.S. households, as well as an additional 500 million subscribers to over 107 international Disney Channels that have been launched in the past 20+ years.”