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Former Disney exec joins Endemol Beyond USA

Endemol Beyond USA has hired former Disney exec David B. Williams (pictured) to serve as chief content and technology strategist.
May 9, 2014

Endemol Beyond USA has hired former Disney exec David B. Williams to serve as chief content and technology strategist.

In his new L.A. post, Williams is tasked with using content and technology to build audiences and drive revenue, according to a statement. His previous work in the digital space involved using user-generated and fan-based content to build brands and scale web series.

Williams co-founded a company called FanLib, which collaborated with book and TV copyright owners to hold fan fiction contests. FanLib was acquired by Disney in 2008, where Williams would work for the next four years. He served as VP of entertainment and platforms for Disney Online Originals and helped create Take180, a web-TV studio that has since closed down.

He also created and produced original programming, and built and ran MyDcast, a Disney.com platform that hosted user-generated video.

Prior to Disney, he created and produced The L Word: Fanisodes, a finalist for 2008 Interactive Emmy award, and he produced online experiences for MSN for Mindshare and Science Fiction coproduced web series In the Motherhood, which was partly based on audience submissions and later adapted into a short-running ABC sitcom.

At Endemol Beyond USA, Williams reports to Will Keenan, president of the division.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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