As a child, Karim Daniel spent hours at the comic book store at his local mall, sometimes waiting patiently in the car with his mother.
On Monday, he rose to a leadership position in comics with – and many other forms of entertainment – the Walt Disney Co.
The Chicago-based South Side native has left his colleagues to take charge of the new entertainment and media distribution group. In this case, how it connects to Disney +, the company’s flagship effort to bring Netflix Inc. into the rapidly growing online video industry, will make pricing, marketing, and consumer decisions. .
The 46-year-old executive attributes most of his relationship to new Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who said he was first hired as an intern when Daniel was in college.
“He’s a brilliant executive who demonstrates incredible fairness in fact-based decision-making,” Chapek said in an interview. “It deploys it perfectly to be the right person to make decisions. Not because it has a commercial heritage, but because it’s good for today. ”
Chapek, who took over from longtime Disney CEO Bob Iger, in February, is quickly putting his mark on the entertainment giant – even as the coronovirus outbreak has brought its theme parks, movies and activities to sports live. Closed. In August, Chapek said his intention was to step up the company’s pressure on streaming, capitalizing on a boom at home with plenty of families. A restructuring He announced Monday that all of the company’s television and film activities were transformed into a central effort to underline the change.
Daniel’s career rise has been impressive. After Stanford University, where he obtained electrical engineering degrees and an MBA, he worked at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. for three years before joining Disney’s strategic plan in 2007. Daniel worked in the studios of cinema and the company’s consumer products.
In 2017, he took over the company’s imagers, theme park designers, who create the fictional Disney rides and attractions. Under his watch, Disney made its debut on Star Wars-themed twin pitches in California and Florida. He also oversaw the construction of the soon-to-be-opened Marvel-themed land in California.
Chapeck led the theme park group before becoming CEO. “He had experience in many areas of the business and did an outstanding job in all of the roles he held.”
In an interview published by Morgan Park Academy, where Daniel attended high school and played basketball, the executive said he was happy to be part of Disney’s deal with Marvel – the comic book studio that produced the most successful movie franchise in the world. Born.
“One of the highlights of my career was being a member of the team that worked on the Marvel acquisition in 2009 and was able to talk to my mom about it and better explain what I had done in the life.”
Daniel has gone on to become one of Disney’s most prominent black executives, whose top management consists mostly of white men. Rebecca Campbell, one of Disney’s top female executives, now reports to Danielle for the streaming business. She still reports the company’s international operations to Chapeck.
Daniel is also described as a movie buff who regularly attends the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. As a result, he’s likely to argue not only for the big-budget photos Hollywood has snatched up in recent years, but also directed short films that can find homes on the company’s Disney + and Hulu services. .
“I was one of the biggest outlets to watch movies with my older cousins almost every weekend,” Morgan Park Academy said. “I’ve always loved movies, but growing up I never thought there was a business side to entertainment. I didn’t know anything. After college, I started to realize that there was something there. ”
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