The Walt Disney Studios has promoted Janice Marinelli to oversee how the company releases its films, TV shows and other projects across physical and digital platforms. It’s the latest move by a studio to consolidate both physical and digital under the management of one executive as the amount of digital dollars have grown to become a more important source of revenue for Hollywood.
Oprah is long gone — she taped her last show for broadcast syndication eight months ago — but her presence (or absence) is still being felt throughout broadcasting and will pervade the NATPE conference next week in Miami Beach. She’ll continue to be the measure by which every other talk show evaluates itself and the subject of countless conversations about her impact on broadcasting.
With Katie Couric, Disney-ABC Domestic Television has arguably the biggest name in the plethora of new talk shows set for debuts this fall in the wake of Oprah Winfrey’s departure from syndication. “We are projecting profitability in year one,” says Disney-ABC Domestic Television President Janice Marinelli. Her confidence stems from Couric herself. She credible and “relatable” and she’s made a commitment to doing whatever it takes in production and promotion, she says. “How often do you get a talent of this caliber to enter the syndication marketplace?”