Here was the farewell email that Disney’s Jim Gallagher sent to his staff this past week:
I’ve had the pleasure of sending a number of these emails to you all over the past 3+ years, to celebrate our numerous #1 openings and the box office records we’ve set together. Today however, I am sad to announce that due to the restructuring, I will no longer be President of Marketing for the studios, and that I will be leaving the company.
I have been extremely proud of the marketing campaigns we’ve built and executed together: Pirates 3, WALL-E, Wild Hogs, Disney-Pixar’s Up, The Proposal, Hannah Montana: The Movie and the Concert Film, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Enchanted, Disneynature’s Earth, HSM3: Senior Year, Ratatouille, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and many many others.
As you know, I always felt that box office results were our most important metric, and please don’t forget that we delivered on that front too. 2006 and 2007 were the second and third biggest box office years in studio history; and with only 3 wide releases this summer domestically, we had our third highest grossing summer of this decade, behind only the summers of Pirates 1 and 2.
You should also be proud of the extensive work we’ve already done and marketing plans we’ve put into place on our 2010 movies, like Alice in Wonderland, Prince of Persia, Sorcercer’s Apprentice, and Tron: Legacy. It is sure to be the studio’s most successful year ever.
And none of this, none of it, would have been possible without all of you. Our chosen field requires an uncommon dedication and commitment, and there was never a moment when you weren’t there, giving total and complete effort. For all that, “thanks” isn’t enough, but it’s all I have.
It was an honor to work with all of you; I was proud to be part of this team, and I wish you all nothing but success in the future.