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Jamila Hunter returns to Disney fold as current, alternative SVP for Freeform

Jamila Hunter has been named senior vice president of current series and alternative programming at Disney-owned cable net Freeform. Hunter (pictured) will oversee unscripted and alternative content, as well as scripted programming, ...
October 31, 2019

Jamila Hunter has been named senior vice president of current series and alternative programming at Disney-owned cable net Freeform.

Hunter (pictured) will oversee unscripted and alternative content, as well as scripted programming, across the network’s current slate of shows.

She will report directly to Lauren Corrao, executive vice president of original programming and development.

This marks a return to Disney for Hunter, who previously served as senior vice president of comedy at ABC Entertainment. Most recently, she was president of Khalabo Ink Society, Kenya Barris’ Netflix-based prodco.

Hunter is expected to assume the role at the top of the new year.

Kary McHoul will step down as SVP of unscripted and current series programming and transition into an executive producer role at Freeform, overseeing the unscripted series Wrap Battle, which is slated to premiere Nov. 25 on Freeform, as well as Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, which will launch on Disney+ next year.

“I have worked with Jamila many times as both a producer and an executive, and even tried to hire her once. Although it took nearly 10 years, I feel incredibly fortunate that the time is now and that she chose to join me here alongside the talented team at Freeform,” said Corrao, in a statement. “Her impeccable taste, wicked sense of humor and tremendous relationships throughout the talent community undoubtedly make her the perfect choice to lead our Current and Alternative Programming teams as we continue to grow the Freeform brand.

“Kary has been pivotal in shaping our first major push into unscripted and we are so grateful for her significant contributions to our slate. While we are sad that she has chosen to move on, we are thankful to be able to continue to work with her in a producing capacity. Kary’s passion, spirit and creativity has guided so much of our work at Freeform and that will continue to echo through the halls.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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