The Walt Disney Studios announced today it has realigned its domestic public relations department in order to streamline the Studios' publicity and media outreach efforts.
Within the new framework, Joe Quenqua and Julie Fontaine will coordinate the domestic media strategy for all titles, managing campaigns with N.Y.- and L.A.-based broadcast, print and online publicists.
The two will report to Michelle Sewell, Senior Vice President of Global Publicity, who oversees domestic and international PR efforts for all studio titles, including Disney live action, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Disney/Pixar, DisneyNature and DreamWorks Studios.
In his new role as Vice President of Publicity, Quenqua will oversee the New York office for The Walt Disney Studios and Disney Theatrical Group, managing the N.Y. public relations teams for these divisions. He has a long history with The Walt Disney Company, most recently serving as Vice President of Worldwide Publicity and Communications for Disney Theatrical Group under Thomas Schumacher.
In her West Coast-based role as Vice President of Domestic Publicity, Fontaine will be responsible for domestic publicity, film festival and awards campaigns. Fontaine, who joined Disney's L.A. operations in 2009, brings formidable expertise in these arenas from her work on such campaigns as "The Queen" and "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" at Miramax.
Quenqua and Fontaine will partner with the current global project vice presidents, Ryan Stankevich (Disney Live Action) and Olivier Mouroux (Disney/Pixar Animation), responsible for the studio's strategic global PR campaigns. Later this month, Stephanie Kluft will join the Disney PR team as global vice president overseeing DreamWorks Studios' PR campaigns working closely with Chip Sullivan and Marvin Levy on DreamWorks Studios titles. These leads will continue to create collaborative, comprehensive advance plans for Walt Disney Studios releases, developing integrated PR opportunities across lines of business and working with Disney's worldwide publicity teams.