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ROTH, IGER ASSUME EXPANDED RESPONSIBILITIES AT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

BURBANK, Calif., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The responsibilities formerly held by Dennis Hightower, retiring president of Disney Television and Telecommunications, have been reassigned as part of the ongoing integration of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) and Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., it was announced today by Disney Chairman and CEO Michael D. Eisner and President Michael S. Ovitz.

Joe Roth, chairman of Walt Disney Motion Pictures, becomes chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. In addition to his existing responsibilities for all live action motion picture production and worldwide film marketing and distribution, he will now assume responsibility for Walt Disney and Touchstone Television production and Disney's domestic and international home video activities.

Walt Disney Feature Animation, headed by Peter Schneider, president, will continue to report creatively to Roy E. Disney, vice chairman, and Eisner.

Robert A. Iger, president of Capital Cities/ABC, assumes the added responsibilities of Walt Disney International Television, which includes the Disney Channel International, and Buena Vista Television domestic syndication and Pay TV. Iger continues to be responsible for all Capital Cities/ABC broadcast and cable operations, including the domestic Disney Channel, as well as Capital Cities publishing.

In a joint statement, Eisner and Ovitz said, "The expanded responsibilities of both Joe Roth and Bob Iger reflect our great confidence in their ability to lead creatively-driven organizations. Joe has done a superb job of running the studio and possesses that rare combination of strong creative skills and business acumen.

"Similarly, Bob Iger has done a magnificent job of managing the activities of a wide-ranging Capital Cities/ABC, helping make it the dynamic organization that we wanted as part of Disney."

In addition, it was announced that Sanford M. Litvack, Disney senior executive vice president and chief of corporate operations, will assume responsibility for Disney TeleVentures, headed by Mark Handler, president, whose organization provides programming and technical support to the Americast telco venture.

Eisner and Ovitz added, "These changes will bring about a more logical alignment of our production and distribution capabilities and take full advantage of our strong management depth."

Television and Telecommunications executives who now report to Roth are:

-- Dean Valentine, president of Walt Disney Television and Walt Disney Television Animation, responsible for network television including development and production of television series as well as television animation;

-- Ann Daly, president of Buena Vista Home Video;

-- Michael O. Johnson, president of Buena Vista Home Entertainment International;

-- Rob Moore, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Walt Disney Television and Telecommunications;

-- Laurie Younger, senior vice president, business affairs and administration.

Television and Telecommunications executives who will now report to Iger are:

-- Etienne de Villiers, president of Walt Disney Television International, responsible for Disney's international production and distribution of television product and for Disney's international television broadcast interests including GMTV and Super RTL.

-- Randy Reiss, executive vice president, responsible for domestic syndication and Pay TV.
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