Hulbert Leaves Disney Europe

Daily Variety reports that David Hulbert, head of Disney’s European operations, has stepped down amidst a management reorganization. Hulbert, who ran the London offices, will pursue entrepreneurial opportunities as former ITV exec John Hardie takes the reins as Disney’s exec VP/managing director of branded television, European, Middle Eastern and African (EMEA) territories.

The shakeup also sees Tom Toumazis, former senior VP/ managing director of Buena Vista Int’l Television, EMEA, upped to exec VP/ managing director of the Mouse House branch.

Hardie, who recently headed up the creation and launch of the U.K.’s ABC1, will report to Disney Channel Worldwide president Rich Ross in his new role.

The trade interprets the reorganization as part of an initiative to shift more power to Disney’s Burbank offices.