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Walt Disney TV president of entertainment, Craig Hunegs, steps down

Craig Hunegs, Walt Disney Television’s president of entertainment has stepped down from his position, the company announced on Wednesday (May 5). The move comes after Hunegs’ role changed at the company ...
May 5, 2021

Craig Hunegs, Walt Disney Television’s president of entertainment has stepped down from his position, the company announced on Wednesday (May 5).

The move comes after Hunegs’ role changed at the company last year. He was originally named president of the studio in March 2019, before moving to his current position last December. In a statement on Wednesday, Walt Disney Television chairman of entertainment Dana Walden said that a recent restructuring of the company had changed Hunegs’ role and responsibilities to such a degree that his position was no longer what he had joined the Walt Disney Company to pursue in the first place.

The company said Hunegs is leaving on good terms, and will stay with them until the end of the month to ensure a smooth transition. A successor to his role will be identified in the coming months, the company said.

“We’ve achieved so much over the last two years as we’ve reinvented our segment, pivoting from a traditional media brand to a content-first entertainment company built for the future and Craig has played a strong leadership role in our growth and evolution,” Walden said in a written statement.

“He’s a gifted executive, who has also done an excellent job of thoughtfully leading our teams during two years of significant change at our company and in our industry, especially in successfully guiding our productions safely through the COVID crisis.”

As president of entertainment, Hunegs oversaw the production units for unscripted and alternative entertainment and 20th Television Animation, as well as business affairs, production, casting, creative acquisitions, and creative talent development and inclusion teams across Walt Disney Television.

Before joining the Walt Disney Company, Hunegs was president of business and strategy with Warner Bros. Television Group. Here, he was involved with series such as Friends, ER and The Bachelor.

Hunegs was also the founding president of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, leading the build-out of their OTT services. He also served as executive vice president of Warner Bros. Television Group from 2006 to 2013.

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