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President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production
As President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, Sean Bailey oversees all aspects of live-action development, film production and physical production for Walt Disney Pictures. Disney's most recent release was Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Mary Poppins, starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers. Upcoming titles include Muppets Most Wanted, starring Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey; Maleficent, starring Angelina Jolie; and Tomorrowland, directed by Brad Bird, written by Bird and Damon Lindelof, and starring George Clooney.
Prior to joining The Walt Disney Studios in 2010, Bailey produced Disney's TRON: Legacy, developing it in tandem with other media ranging from the Grammy-nominated, RIAA Gold-certified soundtrack by Daft Punk to a multi-platform video game and the Disney XD television series TRON: Uprising. In 2008, he founded Idealogy, Inc., with a focus on the evolution and future of creative content, developing high-quality stories that can live across media.
Bailey worked as a writer-producer under an exclusive deal with ABC Studios from 2004 to 2008, during which time he continued in his capacity as chairman and board member of LivePlanet, the production company he co-founded in 2000 with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Chris Moore. While at LivePlanet, he executive-produced the innovative LivePlanet/HBO/Miramax series Project Greenlight, nominated for three Emmy Awards, and co-created the LivePlanet/ABC series Push, Nevada with Affleck.
A 20-year industry veteran, Bailey has created, packaged and developed film, television and new media concepts for Walt Disney Pictures, Miramax, 20th Century Fox, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks, New Line Cinema, Paramount, Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros., all major television networks, MSN and Yahoo. His feature film producing credits include Disney's Tron: Legacy; Miramax's Gone, Baby, Gone; Matchstick Men; The Core; and Best Laid Plans. His screenplay Solace, co-written by Ted Griffin, begins production this spring with Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell starring. Bailey's first job as a producer in the entertainment industry was developing the game show Debt for Buena Vista Television, which aired on Lifetime from 1996-1998.
Bailey is a member of the Sundance Institute Board of Trustees.