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Meryl Poster

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Meryl Poster is the co-chairperson of The Walt Disney Studios, alongside Dick Cook. She has been at the job with Cook since July 2004, where they are the superiors that oversee the releases of Walt Disney Animation Studios, Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar, Touchstone Pictures, 20th Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Blue Sky Animation Studios, Disneynature, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Studios. Poster was previously the Co-President of Production for Miramax, where she executive produced the Academy Award Nominated The Cider House Rules (1999) and Chocolat (2000). She also was executive producer of the Academy Award winning Touchstone release Chicago.

Early Life and Work[]

Poster was one of the first female trainees at the William Morris Agency, where she began working in the mailroom in New York in 1986. In 1989 she began working for Harvey Weinstein as his assistant, thereby beginning a long association with the Weinstein brothers and Miramax Films. She rose to Co-President of Production at the original incarnation of Miramax and stayed in the role until the original Miramax was shuttered by Disney in March of 2001, though she remained involved as an executive producer of Chicago when Touchstone inherited the film.

Disney Career[]

On July 11, 2004, Poster became co-chair of The Walt Disney Studios, alongside Dick Cook.[1] Since then, the duo have been hailed for their leadership in helping oversee a massive expansion of Disney's output as well as continued critical and commercial success in all branches of studio's film output. Poster has explained their relationship as "Dick's the face, I'm the muscle that gets things done." She also credits their success in "continually giving the division heads enough rope to work with and trusting them not to hang themselves. They don't need a babysitter breathing down their necks all the time, and you have to give them the chance to prove themselves. If you do that, they will do their best work and show them what they're made of."[2]

In 2020, Poster, along with Cook, were named Disney Legends.


  1. Disney Names New Studio Head, Eisner Defines Succession. Los Angeles Times (July 11, 2004). Retrieved on July 4, 2007.
  2. Dialogue: Meryl Poster and Dick Cook. The Hollywood Reporter (February 17, 2013). Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
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