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Disney Television Studios shakes up leadership team

Disney Television Studios is restructuring its leadership team, just a few months ahead of the launch of the much anticipated Disney+ streaming service. Patrick Moran and Howard Davine will step down ...
July 10, 2019

Disney Television Studios is restructuring its leadership team, just a few months ahead of the launch of the much anticipated Disney+ streaming service.

Patrick Moran and Howard Davine will step down from their leadership roles at ABC Studios, where Jonnie Davis (pictured, left) has been named president.

Davis joined 20th Century Fox Television in January 2008 as SVP of comedy development. He soon rose to executive vice president of comedy and eventually to the position of president of creative affairs.

Meanwhile, at 20th Century Fox Television, Carolyn Cassidy (right) has been promoted to president of creative affairs, taking over Davis’s previous remit. She will run the studio alongside Howard Kurtzman, who continues as president of business operations.

Cassidy most recently served as EVP of current series at 20th Century Fox Television, and has run the current series department since July 2015. She first joined 20th Century Fox TV in 2009 as vice president of comedy series.

Davis, Cassidy and Kurtzman will all report to Craig Hunegs, president of Disney Television Studios.

“This exceptional group is uniquely qualified to continue building our position as the strongest studios in the industry and the very best home for talent,” said Hunegs, in a statement.

“I have enormous respect for Patrick and Howard and for all they have achieved in their careers at ABC Studios,” he added, of the departing execs. “Patrick has developed and overseen many
landmark series and has an excellent slate of new shows. I have known Howard for many years, and he is one of the most accomplished and effective business affairs executives in our industry, having made a number of groundbreaking deals and run an excellent business. Together they have brought to ABC Studios a wonderful group of writers, producers and executives and made a lasting contribution to The Walt Disney Company.”

Elsewhere, Josh Sussman will be upped to executive vice president, business affairs at ABC Studios, where he will work under Davis. Sussman has served as senior vice president, business affairs, at 20th  Century Fox Television since 2016.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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