Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner, who ushered the corporate’s arrival into live-action blockbusters, has died. He was 58 years outdated.
Hasbro made the announcement in a press launch on Tuesday. Selection stories that Goldner was recognized with prostate most cancers in 2014. On Sunday, Goldner resigned from Hasbro to deal with his well being.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to take a medical leave to focus on my health,” Goldner said in a statement released on Sunday, according to Variety. “I really feel assured realizing the Firm might be within the expert fingers of Wealthy Stoddart as Interim CEO, our extremely skilled administration staff and one of the best staff within the enterprise.”
Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000 and became CEO in 2008. The Hasbro press release credits Goldner with broadening the company to include movies, video games, and more. The Transformers movie series is now one of the most successful franchises in box office history and the first two G.I. Joe movies were blockbusters. Even the Ouija board became a successful movie series.
Goldner also oversaw Hasbro’s acquisition of eOne in 2019. Now, Hasbro gets to work with other popular properties including Peppa Pig.
Interim CEO Rich Stoddart paid tribute to Goldner and the joy he brought to so many people.
“Since becoming a member of the Firm greater than 20 years in the past, Brian has been the center and soul of Hasbro,” Stoddart said in a press release on Tuesday. “As a charismatic and passionate chief in each the play and leisure industries, Brian’s work introduced pleasure and laughter to kids and households all over the world. His visionary management, kindness, and generosity made him beloved by the Hasbro neighborhood and everybody he touched. On behalf of the Hasbro household, we lengthen our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his spouse, daughter, and full household.”
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The subsequent film to be launched primarily based on a Hasbro property is Transformers: Rise of the Beasts in June 2022. After that, a Dungeons & Dragons film might be launched in theaters in March 2023.
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