Disney Agreed To Multimillion-Dollar Settlement With Dismissed Marvel VFX And Animation Boss Victoria Alonso
The Walt Disney Company has settled with former Marvel vfx and animation boss Victoria Alonso, who was dismissed by the company last month.
According to a report by Deadline, Alonso will receive multiple millions of dollars in compensation from the Marvel parent company.
Context: On March 17, Alonso was fired by Disney, seemingly out of the blue. Rumors swirled as to why the long-time exec who had helped build the MCU into the juggernaut that it is today was dismissed. Eventually, it came out that the official reason for Alonso’s sacking was her involvement in promoting Argentina, 1985, a film she produced that was nominated for best international feature at this year’s Oscars.
What has changed? Details regarding the settlement are scant, and because the issue was settled it’s unlikely that we’ll know more anytime soon. But we do know that after a very public back-and-forth between Alonso’s lawyer and Disney spokespeople, the two parties have now settled and the figure they agreed upon is in the millions.
What are they saying? Both companies are, predictably, declining to comment now that the settlement has been reached. But at the time of Alonso’s dismissal, her layer Patricia Glaser said:
The idea that Victoria was fired over a handful of press interviews relating to a personal passion project about human rights and democracy that was nominated for an Oscar and which she got Disney’s blessing to work on is absolutely ridiculous. Victoria, a gay Latina who had the courage to criticize Disney, was silenced. Then she was terminated when she refused to do something she believed was reprehensible. Disney and Marvel made a really poor decision that will have serious consequences. There is a lot more to this story and Victoria will be telling it shortly — in one forum or another.
Disney later released a statement that claimed:
It’s unfortunate that Victoria is sharing a narrative that leaves out several key factors concerning her departure, including an indisputable breach of contract and a direct violation of company policy. We will continue to wish her the best for the future and thank her for her numerous contributions to the studio.