Disney's Mysterious Kareem Daniel
Chapek's lieutenant is Disney+'s top decision maker. Amid power struggles, insiders are rattled — if they even know who he is
In a ranking of the 10 most powerful people in Hollywood today, perhaps the most unexpected name on the list would be that of Kareem Daniel. The 48-year-old chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution has been given arguably the greatest power vested in one executive in Hollywood — the final say on how viewers experience Disney movies and TV shows, whether that’s in theaters, on Disney+, Hulu, Disney networks, or some combination of the above. The decisions to release Turning Red exclusively on Disney+ (to the dismay of some families and kids who were eager to see it on the big screen), and the upcoming Bob’s Burgers Movie in theaters? Those are calls that ultimately rest with Daniel.
The power that Daniel wields is nothing short of monumental, when you consider