I had a chance to meet Mr. Ludwig at a Variety Club charity event about ten years ago, so sweet and truly proud of his part in the Disney legacy.
Irving Ludwig, former president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Santa Monica. He was 95. During his 40-year association with Disney and its distribution arm Buena Vista, Ludwig oversaw such releases as "The Shaggy Dog," "Mary Poppins," "101 Dalmatians," "The Parent Trap," "The Absent-Minded Professor," "The Jungle Book" and "The Love Bug." Under his leadership, reissues of classic Disney animated features -- especially the animated film "Fantasia" -- also found new audiences. "Irving was a giant in our industry and an inspirational figure for all of us who had the honor of working with him," said Dick Cook, chairman of the Walt Disney Studios. "He had tremendous integrity, passion and commitment to the films he was distributing, and he encouraged his team to be creative and innovative in every way. Irving was a keen businessman, a great showman and a major force in shaping our industry." (Gregg Kilday) FULL STORY