20th Century Studios 18-year vet Steve Asbell has been named President, Production, of the studios after the departure of Emma Watts last month. He’ll report to Walt Disney Studios Co-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Alan Horn and Co-Chairman Alan Bergman.
Asbell is currently overseeing upcoming films Death on the Nile, scheduled for Oct. 9, and The Last Duel.
In addition, Disney has named Vanessa Morrison as the President of Streaming at Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. She will oversee development and production of Disney+ film content from The Walt Disney Studios for both Disney Live Action and 20th Century Studios. Morrison will report to Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production.
She is currently overseeing multiple movies for Disney+ including new versions of Cheaper by the Dozen, Night at the Museum, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Other appointments today include Philip Steuer who will lead physical and post production and VFX as President, Production, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, and Randi Hiller who will lead casting as EVP, Casting – overseeing these functions for both Disney Live Action and 20th Century Studios.