Walt Disney Television is streamlining its programming and production operations with a restructuring that sees Hulu original content chief Craig Erwich also take on the role of president for ABC Entertainment.
Dana Walden, chairman of entertainment for Walt Disney TV, unveiled the moves today (December 1) via an internal memo.
As Erwich takes on the post of president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, current ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke is transitioning to president of Disney studio 20th Television. Both Burke and Erwich will report to Walden.
Meanwhile, Craig Hunegs, currently president of Disney Television Studios, will move into the role of president of entertainment for Walt Disney Television. He will also oversee a newly formed production unit for unscripted entertainment within the division, as well as 20th Animation and will lead newly centralized business affairs, production, casting and creative talent development & inclusion teams.
Further on the studios front, Touchstone Television is going to be folded into 20th Television, with Carolyn Cassidy serving as EVP of development; and Jane Francis moving from Touchstone Television to the post of executive vice president of series for the expanded 20th Television. ABC Signature continues to be led by Jonnie Davis, who now reports to Walden. Bert Salke, president of Touchstone Television, will move into a multi-year overall producing deal with Disney Television Studios.
Elsewhere, Tara Duncan will continue as president of Freeform.
The news comes as the Walt Disney Company is one of several major media companies realigning its corporate structure for the streaming era. Recently, Disney’s General Entertainment Content chairman Peter Rice unveiled a structure that saw Walden’s title morph from chairman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment, to chairman of entertainment for Walt Disney Television, with oversight of development and production operations of Disney Television Studios, Hulu Originals, ABC Entertainment and Freeform. Gary Marsh, meanwhile, moved from president for Disney Channels Worldwide, to the role of president and chief creative officer for Disney Branded Television. The expanded group will now include all Disney-branded television content made by Disney General Entertainment (DGE) for kids, tweens, teens and families, including live-action and animated movies and series, as well as unscripted series and specials.