"Richard W. "Dick" Cook" is an American Film Entertainment executive, and has served on the Board of Directors of Legendary Pictures since 2011. Prior to joining Legendary Pictures, he was the former Chairman of the Walt Disney Studios (production)/Walt Disney Studios from 2002 to 2009. At the time of his separation from the company, he was the only remaining top The Walt Disney Company/Disney executive who had worked for the company since before Michael Eisner took charge in 1984. Cook holds a degree in political science from the University of Southern California (USC).

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Clearly we think we [also] have a lot of creative talent and we have technology and a lot of things that are available to ... make our movies ... just as successful.

It's a great way to tell a story.

This was a three-way leap of faith, frankly.

My hunch is big screen.

We were very fortunate that all the movies responded very, very well. Audiences like them and went to see them more than once.

The audience for dramas has always been there in the summer. It was there for us when we opened 'Dead Poets Society.' But it's always been about having the nerve to program dramas into summer. But at least on paper, next summer looks to be more diverse.

We couldn't be more excited about working again with Mel and his team. This is one of the most original and unique scripts we've ever had the opportunity to read recently, and we plan for this to be an anchor of our summer schedule.

I think you guys have the best worldwide distribution.

Chinese cinema has taken the world by storm in recent years. And as China celebrates a hundred years of movie making in 2005, it is a perfect time for Disney to bring its wholesome family entertainment expertise to this rapidly growing market as part of the Walt Disney Company's focus on expanding our presence in China.