The former Fox and 20th Television exec will now oversee casting for Disney’s entire television portfolio, adding animation, alternative, Hulu and Freeform to a purview that already included Disney TV Studios and FX.
The high-ranking Walt Disney Television chairman received a lifetime achievement award at the tail end of a 45-minute Fireside Chat that featured a wide-ranging discussion.
Longtime unscripted TV exec Rob Mills has been upped to executive vice president of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, expanding his role to lead a newly formed alternative programming production unit, Walt Disney Television Alternative.
Walt Disney’s Television Group is set to cut a significant swathe of roles following its major restructures over the past few weeks. The news comes days after Dana Walden, who is chairman of entertainment, Walt Disney Television, unveiled a sweeping restructure of the business that saw Hulu’s SVP Content Craig Erwich take oversight of the ABC network and ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke take on a new role as president of 20th Television.
Disney is the latest traditional media company to consolidate its content creation across streaming and linear as traditional media companies adjust to the streaming age. Dana Walden, chairman of entertainment, Walt Disney Television, today unveiled a major restructure of the television production and original content businesses under her purview that involve Craig Erwich, Karey Burke, Craig Hunegs, Bert Salke, Carolyn Cassidy and Jane Francis.
A year and a half after being named president of business operations and chief financial officer of Walt Disney Television, Ravi Ahuja is exiting the company “to seek a new adventure,” according to Disney General Entertainment Chairman Peter Rice.