Miramax Films will shutter its New York office and president Daniel Battsek is out with Walt Disney Studios . “With the change in direction at Miramax, we have reached a mutual agreement with Daniel Battsek that he will leave his post as president, effective January 2010,” announced new Walt Disney Studios chairman Ross, in a statement dared October 30.
“During his 18 years of service, he has brought some very prestigious and award-winning films to the Studio from ‘Calendar Girls’ to ‘The Queen’ to ‘No Country for Old Men’. We wish Daniel the very best on his future endeavors.” Earlier this month, Disney announced a plan to cut Miramax’s slate to a paltry three films per year and reduce its staff dramatically. Days later Rich Ross was named the new Disney studio chief in the wake of a major studio shake-up by company CEO Bob Iger.