Dave Hollis, Former Disney Distribution Chief, Dies At 47

At his Austin, Texas, residence, Dave Hollis, a former president of Disney’s global distribution, passed away on Saturday night. He was 47. Hollis had recently been admitted to the hospital for heart-related problems; however, the precise cause of death is still unknown.

“We are devastated,” his ex-wife Rachel Hollis wrote on Instagram. “I have no words, and my heart is too broken to find them. Please wrap the kids in prayers as we try and navigate through the unthinkable.”

From 2011 until 2018, Hollis oversaw Disney’s theatrical distribution division before stepping down to lead his then-business wife’s Chic Media. Due to blockbusters from Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, and Pixar, as well as live-action adaptations of animation classics and brand-new animated films, his time at Disney coincided with unheard-of box office success. Disney became the first studio to reach $7 billion in global revenue in a single year in 2016.

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It surprised everyone when Hollis, a likeable executive whose welcoming demeanour made him the perfect fit for the family-oriented corporation, departed the studio to go to Texas with his family. Rachel Hollis, his ex-wife, is best known for penning the book  “Girl, Wash Your Face,” is an author, motivational speaker, and social influencer.
“I can’t count the number of ‘pinch-me’ moments I’ve had in my time at Disney,” Hollis said in 2018 when he stepped down from the studio. “In a world where so few opportunities could compare, the chance to support my wife and help grow her company was something I couldn’t pass up.”
In addition to his work as a manager, Hollis also ran his podcast, Rise Together. Additionally, he has two self-help books that have been published “Get Out of Your Own Way: A Skeptic’s Guide to Growth and Fulfillment” and “Built Through Courage: Face Your Fears to Live the Life You Were Meant for,” as well as a children’s book, “Here’s to Your Dreams: A Teatime with Noah Book.”
Hollis established the Dave Hollis Giving Fund, which strives to aid homeless youths and foster children. He also served on the boards of National Angeles, Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers, and Fandango Labs. He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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