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A 15-year veteran of The Walt Disney Co., Aviv was most recently promoted in April 2005 to president of marketing and chief creative officer of The Walt Disney Studios. During that time he was a key player in redefining and growing its worldwide Disney, Touchstone and Miramax brands. During his tenure, Aviv has also been responsible for marketing 34 $100 million dollar films as well as 13 $200 million dollar films ... an industry record. He has designed and guided the marketing campaigns for such hit films as PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST (shattering all industry records with a opening weekend box office gross of more than $135 million), THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, CHICKEN LITTLE, THE INCREDIBLES, NATIONAL TREASURE, THE VILLAGE, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEAL, FINDING NEMO, SIGNS, MONSTERS, INC., PEARL HARBOR, LILO & STITCH, THE SANTA CLAUSE 2, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, SWEET HOME ALABAMA, REMEMBER THE TITANS, THE PRINCESS DIARIES 1 AND 2, FREAKY FRIDAY, GONE IN 60 SECONDS, UNBREAKABLE, THE ROOKIE, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, THE PACIFIER, MIRACLE and O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU?
On the film production side, Aviv was exec producer of Disney's NATIONAL TREASURE. Based on his idea, for which he shared "story by" credit, the film grossed nearly $350 million dollars in worldwide box office. He received the same credit for the Disney comedy ROCKET MAN in 1995. Aviv joined the company in 1991 as vp president, creative services, and was promoted to svp of marketing and creative advertising in 1997. He was named president of marketing for Buena Vista Pictures in 2000. Prior to joining Disney, Aviv was director of special projects for CapCities/ABC, where he was responsible for television branding spots for hit ABC series, such as ROSEANNE, TWIN PEAKS and THIRTYSOMETHING. Before moving to Los Angeles in 1988, he served as creative director for Grey Ent. in New York City.
Most recently president of Buena Vista International, Zoradi has spent nearly all his career as a Disney executive. He's made a global impact overseeing BVI, which has shattered records by earning more than $1 billion at the international box-office for 12 consecutive years, generating $16.8 billion from 1995-2006. He has also been president of Buena Vista Home Ent. International from 1999 to the present. Zoradi started his Disney career as marketing coordinator for Walt Disney Home Video in 1980 at ground zero of the home entertainment boom. He next became marketing director for the Disney Channel, which was also in its infancy at the time.
He segued into domestic theatrical distribution as director of sales for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution in the mid-80s and also held the position of senior vice president and general manager of Buena Vista Television from 1987-1992. He was plucked from BVTV that year to set up a stand-alone international theatrical marketing and distribution organization. That organization became BVI, which today is comprised of 27 local country subsidiaries and three regional offices, and has been a consistent market leader during his tenure.
Since taking over as president in the fall of 2000, Chapek has led the organization to record-setting performances on diverse titles ranging from PEARL HARBOR to FINDING NEMO, as well as dominance of the direct-to-video business through the Disney Video Premieres line of sequels to classic Disney movie franchises. His establishment of the Disney DVD brand also paved the way for brand leadership in, and family adoption of, the emergent DVD technology. Chapek joined BVHE in May 1993 as director of marketing and held several titles at increased levels of responsibility in marketing at BVHE until his promotion to president in 2000. In this marketing capacity, he led the strategic and creative efforts on such record-setting titles as SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, THE LION KING, TOY STORY and THE SIXTH SENSE.