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Founder's Banquet
Founder's Banquet

Sat, Mar 02


Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater

Founder's Banquet

Delicious 3 course dinner at an intimate evening with Dick Cook, past president of Walt Disney Studios. Additional special guest Daniella Thomas, multiple award winning young film maker.

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Time & Location

Mar 02, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Historic Bakersfield Fox Theater, 2001 H St, Bakersfield, CA 93301, USA


About the Event

The Founder's Banquet is an intimate dinner with special guests to benefit the Christian Youth Film Society.

Dick Cook

As chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Dick Cook oversaw all aspects of the development, production, distribution and marketing for all films released under the Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood Pictures and Miramax banners worldwide. He is also responsible for Disney's worldwide home entertainment operations under Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, as well as Walt Disney Music Group, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, Disney-ABC Domestic Television, Disney-ABC International Television, the Studio's legal and business affairs and all areas of new technology.

Cook began his career in 1970 at Disneyland in Anaheim, where he was a ride operator on the park's steam locomotives and monorail. Within a year, he became a representative in the Disneyland sales department and three years later was promoted to department manager. In 1977, Cook moved to The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank to serve as manager of pay television and non-theatrical releases. In this capacity, he was responsible for Disney's first entry into the burgeoning world of cable television, developing what would become The Disney Channel.

Cook entered the motion picture business at Disney in 1980 as assistant domestic sales manager for the Buena Vista Distribution Company. He quickly moved up through the ranks, becoming vice president and general sales manager, then senior vice president of domestic distribution. In 1988, he was promoted to president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.

In 1994, Cook assumed the additional responsibility of film marketing when he was promoted to president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution and Marketing. Cook was promoted to chairman of The Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Group, and then assumed his role in 2002 as chairman of The Walt Disney Studios.

A graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in political science, Cook has been a USC trustee and has served as president of the USC Alumni Association. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, was president of The Chandler School Board of Trustees and past chairman of the Flintridge Preparatory School Board of Trustees, and sits on the board of directors for the Will Rogers Foundation, and the Foundation of Motion Picture Pioneers. In 1976, the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge awarded him with the prestigious George Washington Medal of Freedom. In 2004, Cook was honored with the Motion Picture Showmanship Award by the publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild. Other prestigious past recipients include Jack L. Warner, Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman, Alfred Hitchcock, Lew Wasserman, Steven Spielberg, and Tom Hanks among others. In 2005, Cook was honored with "The Walt Disney Man of the Year Award" by Big Brothers Big Sisters. Most recently, Cook was recognized by Variety — The Children's Charity of Southern California with the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Cook currently resides in La Canada with his wife Bonnie, who he met at Disneyland where she served as the Disneyland Ambassador to the World. He and Bonnie have two daughters, Elizabeth and Roxanne.


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