GLENDALE, Calif.—Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media announced today that Courtney Holt has been named Executive Vice President and Head of Maker Studios, reporting directly to Jimmy Pitaro, Co-chair Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, and President, Disney Interactive, effective immediately.
In this role, Mr. Holt, who previously served as Maker’s Chief Strategy Officer, assumes oversight of Maker Studios from Ynon Kreiz, President of Maker, who will be leaving the company on January 11, 2016.
“We are pleased that Courtney Holt has agreed to take on an expanded role leading Maker Studios as we continue to explore new ways to leverage Maker’s unique capabilities across The Walt Disney Company,” said Mr. Pitaro. “We also want to thank Ynon Kreiz, who in just three short years helped Maker Studios become the global leader in short-form entertainment. We appreciate his leadership during this critical time.”
Mr. Holt served as an adviser to News Corp. Digital and as President of Myspace Music prior to joining Maker Studios. Before MySpace, Mr. Holt was Executive Vice President of Digital Media and Music for the MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, a division of Viacom. Earlier in his career, Mr. Holt held various strategic new media positions at Interscope Geffen A&M and Atlantic Records. Mr. Holt began his career as a freelance producer and director of music videos and commercials. He is a graduate of Boston University and holds a B.S. in Film.