Making A Difference

Movies That Move People

Alan Horn (MBA 1971)

Alan Horn (MBA 1971) is chairman of the Walt Disney Studios and is a 2016 recipient of an HBS Alumni Achievement Award. In this interview, he talks about how the company’s films have the potential to influence audiences worldwide.

“Every film must have both heart and humor. When you have both, you have a picture that captures an audience most completely. And that’s what we strive to do.

”I’m very aware that the motion picture industry is pervasive and the films we make are seen if they’re good and made attractive to an audience. They’re viewed all around the world. And I do think that that carries with it a certain responsibility.

“When we get feedback that people around the world have been impacted by our work, that they have made them more aware of things and more caring, it’s the most gratifying feeling. It’s better than anything.”

(Published September 2016)