EVP and Managing Director, Disney Italy
Daniel Frigo is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President of The Walt Disney Company Italy. As CEO of Disney Italy, all of the companies lines of business report directly to the CEO. This includes Theatrical, Media Distribution, Disney Channels, Publishing, Licensing, Home Entertainment, Disney Stores, Disney Online, Marketing, Finance, Promotions and Ad/Sales, Corporate Communications, Legal, and Human Resources.
Previously as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group (WDSMP) for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Frigo was responsible for the distribution and marketing of all the feature films released by The Walt Disney Company in the EMEA region including films from Pixar, Dreamworks, Marvel and those acquired by Disney. In 2009 he was named International Theatrical Distributor of the Year at Cinema Expo, one of the main events in the industry for the EMEA market.
He joined The Walt Disney Company (TWDC) in 1992 and was based in Burbank for the first three years, at the Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Headquarters, where he helped build the Studios' first International feature film distribution and marketing divisions. He then moved to London to coordinate the Distribution and Sales Department of WDSMP EMEA. In 2000 Frigo was also given the remit of launching and overseeing the Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (WDSHE) Emerging Markets Group.
In 2005 he became Senior Vice President and General Manager of WDSMP EMEA, and two years later he was also given the role of Walt Disney Country Sponsor for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 2008, in addition to his EMEA WDSMP Regional purview and TWDC GSA Country Sponsorship, Frigo took over the Managing Director role for WDSMP UK and Ireland. Born in San Francisco in 1962 from an English mother and Italian father, Daniel Frigo has lived in both the United Kingdom and Italy for approximately 25 years. He graduated with a Degree in Political Science and Italian Literature at University of California at Berkeley, and also holds a Master in Business Administration for Marketing at UCLA. Prior to joining Disney, Frigo was General Manager of International Sales at Christian Dior.