ABC Entertainment alternative executive Robert Mills has been named EVP of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television.
On the studio side, Mills (pictured) will lead Walt Disney Television Alternative, a newly formed production unit for unscripted programming, reporting to Craig Hunegs, president of Entertainment at Walt Disney Television.
He will also report to Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, as it pertains to development and production for alternative programming, specials and late night for ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, which has been added to his purview.
Mills, who most recently held the title of SVP, alternative series, specials and late night programming for ABC Entertainment, also adds oversight of ABC daytime programming.
The executive joined ABC’s Alternative department in 2003, and has been responsible for development, current production and specials for series including American Idol, Shark Tank, The Bachelor franchise, Dancing with the Stars and America’s Funniest Home Videos, to name a few.
Hunegs said in a statement: “Rob Mills is one of the premier developers of unscripted programming in the industry. We are excited to expand his role to run a new business unit devoted to creating alternative hits for every Disney platform and to produce more of this dynamic programming than ever before.”
“I am honored to be leading this new enterprise as our company continues its efforts to grow the direct-to-consumer business and build on our success at ABC,” Mills added. “I am incredibly grateful to Dana Walden, Craig Erwich and Craig Hunegs for this tremendous opportunity and look forward to collaborating with the talented teams within this expanded portfolio to develop and produce a higher volume of culturally defining unscripted television.”
Photo courtesy ABC/Robert Trachtenberg