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Walt Disney TV names former Netflix VP Bryan Noon as president, entertainment

Bryan Noon has been named president of entertainment for Walt Disney Television. The announcement came from group chairman Dana Walden, to whom Noon will report. He replaces Craig Hunegs, who stepped ...
November 17, 2021

Bryan Noon has been named president of entertainment for Walt Disney Television. The announcement came from group chairman Dana Walden, to whom Noon will report.

He replaces Craig Hunegs, who stepped down from the position in May after his role changed amid restructuring at the company in 2020.

In his new role Noon (pictured) will lead the production and business affairs teams for the company’s portfolio of brands including Hulu Originals, Onyx Collective, ABC Entertainment and Freeform, along with production companies ABC Signature and 20th Television. Noon will also be charged with overseeing 20th Animation, Walt Disney Television Unscripted and Alternative, Disney Television Studios Creative Talent Development & Inclusion, 20th Digital Studios and Creative Acquisitions.

Noon will be in charge of a centralized business affairs and production organization, with teams in each creative unit. As president of television he’ll work with the unit leaders Karey Burke (president, 20th Television), Jonnie Davis (president, ABC Signature), Tara Duncan (president, Freeform and Onyx Collective) and Craig Erwich (president, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment) while also identifying strategies and synergies to maximize content output. Additionally, Noon is tasked with overseeing the growth of Walt Disney Television’s unscripted and animation slates.

Reporting to Noon will be Robert Mills (EVP, unscripted and alternative entertainment, Walt Disney TV), Marci Proietto (EVP, 20th Animation), David Worthen (EVP, 20th Digital Studios), Tim McNeal (SVP, creative talent development & inclusion) and Elizabeth Newman (VP, creative acquisitions).

Noon most recently held the post of vice president of original series at Netflix, where he also oversaw the expansion of the company’s internal studio, overseeing deal-making and operations, including the creation of its production and post-production teams. Before his time at Netflix, Noon was at ABC Studios for nine years, first as head of finance and later as vice president of business affairs.

“I am so happy to welcome Bryan back to Disney,” said Walden in a statement. “Since leaving ABC Studios, now known as ABC Signature, Bryan played a meaningful role in building the original content strategy for a world-class streaming platform that transformed our industry. His wealth of experience, combined with the overwhelming respect he has earned from his colleagues and partners, made him an undeniable choice for this position.”

“I’m thrilled to be returning to the most famous storytelling company in the world at a time of incredible expansion in its volume of production,” added Noon. “The talented creative teams under Dana develop and curate iconic and distinctive programming across all platforms, and I’m excited to support their creators and continue the company’s storytelling legacy.”

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