- Anne Sweeney
- Ellen Archer
- Kevin Brockman
- Rebecca Campbell
- Albert Cheng
- Charissa Gilmore
- Paul Lee
- Gary Marsh
- Steve Milovich
- Ben Pyne
- Michael Riley
- Vince Roberts
- Marc Sandman
- Peter Seymour
- Ben Sherwood
- Geri Wang
Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks
Anne Sweeney is co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, which includes The Walt Disney Company’s global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, as well as radio and publishing businesses.
In this role Ms. Sweeney oversees ABC Studios, the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, and the ABC Television Network, which provides entertainment, news and kids programming to viewers via more than 200 affiliated stations across the U.S. She also oversees Disney Channels Worldwide, a portfolio of 95 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Playhouse Disney, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, GXT and Radio Disney brands. Additionally, Ms. Sweeney’s responsibilities include cable networks ABC Family and SOAPnet, the company’s equity interest in A&E Television Networks, and Disney’s publishing imprint, Hyperion.
In 2005, Ms. Sweeney led the industry into the digital era when the Disney/ABC Television Group became the first media company to put television content on new platforms. The group was the first to leverage iTunes, the first to introduce an ad-supported full episode player online, and the first to deliver an application for the revolutionary iPad. Under her leadership, the Group continues to combine high-quality content with strategic use of traditional and emerging distribution platforms to deliver compelling news and entertainment viewing experiences to hundreds of millions of people around the world.
From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide, where under her leadership Disney Channel more than quintupled its subscriber base. In April 1998, she also oversaw the successful launch of the 24-hour channel Toon Disney (now known as Disney XD), and later the launch of SOAPnet in January 2000.
Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Previously she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc., since 1993. During her tenure there, she presided over the launch of two basic cable networks, entertainment-focused FX and FXM: Movies from Fox, Hollywood’s first studio-based movie network.
Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions, most recently as senior vice president of Program Enterprises. Among many accomplishments, she oversaw Nickelodeon’s international expansion, including launching the channel in the United Kingdom, resulting in a joint venture with British Sky Broadcasting.
Active in organizations both within and outside the television industry, Ms. Sweeney is a board member of A&E Television Networks, the Paley Center for Media, the American Film Institute and the Special Olympics.
Since assuming her current role as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, Ms. Sweeney has repeatedly been named the “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes. In 2008 she was honored with the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award for Outstanding Contributions to Broadcasting, the Matrix Award for television from New York Women in Communications, Inc., as well as the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership. Ms. Sweeney was inducted into the Cable Center’s Hall of Fame in October 2007 and recognized by the Producers Guild of America in 2006 with the President’s Citation for her efforts on behalf of diversity across the Disney/ABC Television Group. In 2005 she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable “Hall of Fame,” and in 2004 received the Muse Award from New York Women in Film & Television. She has been honored repeatedly by Women in Cable & Telecommunications -- as Executive of the Year in 1994, Woman of the Year in 1997, and in 1998 as the recipient of the Advocate Leader Award from WICT’s Southern California chapter. In 1995 she received the prestigious STAR Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement in 1996. In 2002 she received Women in Film’s esteemed Lucy Award and has been awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s President’s Award.
Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.
Ellen Archer is President and Publisher of Hyperion, where she is responsible for the direction, management and performance of the publishing group. Specializing in fiction and non-fiction for adults, Hyperion has published more than 2,000 books since its inception, many of which have become national bestsellers, including 22 New York Times bestsellers in the last year.
Ms. Archer joined Hyperion in April 1999 as VP Associate Publisher. In April 2001 she was promoted to Vice President, Publisher, and in May 2005 was promoted to Senior Vice President, Publisher. In April 2008, Ms. Archer was named President. During her 10 years at Hyperion she has conceived and directed a wide variety of bestselling campaigns, including Mitch Albom’s No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, The Five People You Meet in Heaven, For One More Day and Have A Little Faith; Randy Pausch’s No. 1 New York Times bestseller, The Last Lecture; Candace Bushnell’s Trading Up, and Lipstick Jungle; and Michael J. Fox’s Always Looking Up.
In 2006 Ms. Archer created Voice, an imprint of fiction and non-fiction books by and about women. National bestsellers from Voice include Candace Bushnell’s One Fifth Avenue, Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The Middle Place by Kelly Corrigan, Perfection: A Memoir of Betrayal and Renewal by Julie Metz, The Feminine Mistake by Leslie Bennetts, and the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Cook Yourself Thin.
A 25-year publishing veteran, Ms. Archer is a board member of the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E) and Poets and Writers Inc.; and is an advisory board member of NYU’s Masters in Publishing Program, and The Goddard Riverside Literacy committee. She is a member of The Women’s Forum and participates in the ABC Media Networks mentoring program, working with junior executives on career development.
Executive Vice President, Global Communications, Disney/ABC Television GroupPhotography
Kevin Brockman was named executive vice president, Global Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group in March 2008, reporting to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, and Zenia Mucha, executive vice president, Communications, The Walt Disney Company.
In this position Mr. Brockman oversees all corporate, news and entertainment communication efforts worldwide on behalf of the Disney/ABC Television Group, which comprises the ABC Television Network (including ABC News and ABC Entertainment Group); ABC Owned Television Stations; Disney Channels Worldwide, a global portfolio of more than 100 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 167 countries/territories; cable network ABC Family; Disney Media Distribution, and the publishing unit Hyperion. In addition, he is responsible for the Group's Communications Resources and Creative Services functions.
Previously, since May 2005, Mr. Brockman had been senior vice president, Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group, where he was charged with oversight of all corporate, news and entertainment communications for the ABC Television Network, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family, SOAPnet, Radio Disney, Disney Television Animation, ABC Studios and ABC Corporate Initiatives, as well as the Group's Photography, Broadcast Publicity, Ratings Publicity and Talent Relations activities.
Prior to that, Mr. Brockman had been senior vice president, Entertainment Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group from September 2004, and from 2000-2004, Mr. Brockman was senior vice president, Entertainment Communications, ABC Television Network, having joined the Company in 1997.
Mr. Brockman joined The Walt Disney Company from UPN, where he was part of the senior executive team that successfully launched the network in January 1995, overseeing all corporate and entertainment communications. During his tenure, the network successfully added several additional evenings of primetime programming and launched programming into other dayparts. He began his career in television communications as the director of Public Relations, Marketing and On-Air Promo for Fox Television Stations Productions (FTSP), a development division of FOX, Inc.
Earlier Mr. Brockman served as manager of Public Relations for Radio City Music Hall Productions (RCMHP) in New York City. During that time, he oversaw all aspects of media relations and corporate communications for this entertainment production company, and was responsible for the public relations campaigns for more than 350 live concerts and theatricals.
During his tenure at RCMHP, he also handled communication campaigns for numerous television specials and corporate events, including the Super Bowl XXVII Half-Time show starring Michael Jackson. Mr. Brockman began his entertainment career in theatrical publicity, where he worked on a wide variety of Broadway and off-Broadway productions.
Mr. Brockman, who served for two years as Chairman of TPEC, the Television Publicity Executives Committee, currently sits on the Board of GLSEN, the nation's leading not-for-profit education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, especially those who are targeted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.
Mr. Brockman received a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational behavior from the University of Florida.
President, ABC Owned Television Stations GroupPhotography
Rebecca Campbell was appointed president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group in May 2010. Widely regarded as the top station group in the U.S., Ms. Campbell has overall responsibility for the company's eight local TV stations and their digital assets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno. In addition she oversees other businesses within the Group, including ABC National Television Sales, a sales representation unit serving the owned stations as well as outside clients; The Live Well Network, a broadcast, online and wireless programming service for emerging digital channels in local markets; and the hit syndicated series "LIVE with Kelly and Michael," which is produced at WABC-TV.
Ms. Campbell is based in Burbank and reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
Previously Ms. Campbell served as president and general manager of WABC-TV in New York, the Group's flagship station in the nation's largest television market, which ranks as the top-rated station in the U.S. Prior to her appointment there in 2007, she was president and general manager of WPVI-TV, the ABC owned station in Philadelphia. WABC-TV and WPVI-TV are the highest-rated stations, from sign-on to sign-off, in their respective markets.
As WABC-TV president and general manager, Ms. Campbell was responsible for WABC-TV/Channel 7 and all of its ancillary businesses, including two additional digital TV channels; 7online.com, the station's Internet site; ABC7's "Taxi TV," bringing news, weather, sports and nightlife information to New York City cab riders; and the longtime syndicated show "Live with Regis and Kelly."
Ms. Campbell was president and general manager of WPVI-TV from 2003 to 2007. She joined the Philadelphia station in 1997 as program director and later served as vice president of Programming.
Before joining WPVI-TV, she held several programming and production positions of increasing responsibility at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA, and WGAL-TV in Lancaster, PA. Ms. Campbell began her broadcasting career at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh as a college student working on a local teen magazine show.
Throughout her career in local broadcasting, Ms. Campbell has played an active role in many civic and industry organizations. This includes volunteer service as a board member of the Broadway Association, Inc., and as an advisory board member of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York Education Fund. In addition, she is on the board of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and has served on the boards of MSTV: the Association for Maximum Service Television and the New York and Pennsylvania State Broadcasters Associations. She has received various honors for her organizational leadership and community service, including the "Women of Distinction Award" from the Philadelphia Business Journal and the Philadelphia Ad Club's "Pinnacle Award of Excellence." She was recently named 2013 Broadcaster of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters, and will be inducted into their Hall of Fame in May 2013.
Ms. Campbell is a magna cum laude graduate of Bloomsburg University, PA with a dual major in journalism and political science.
Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, Disney/ABC Television GroupPhotography
As Executive Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Digital Media, for the Disney/ABC Television Group, Albert Cheng is charged with general management and strategic oversight of digital media, as well as development of ancillary digital revenue streams for Disney/ABC Television Group's diverse portfolio of broadcast and cable networks, including ABC Entertainment, ABC News, ABC Daytime, ABC Family, Disney Channel and SOAPnet. To that end, he leads a team that oversees product development, marketing and operations for the Group's digital media content platforms, including video-on-demand, broadband, web-based and mobile platforms, as well as interactive television technologies.
Cheng, who has served in his current role since October 2005, and the Disney/ABC Television Group digital media team are responsible for creating new business ventures and partnerships in the digital media and online space, as well as providing additional negotiation planning and support for ABC broadcast affiliate relations in this emerging new area. He works closely with Disney and ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing to ensure the distribution and development of digital media services to cable, satellite, telcos and wireless providers. He also works in close partnership with the Disney/ABC Television Group's marketing teams and the Media Networks' strategy group, as well as other divisions within The Walt Disney Company, developing these content platforms and consumer products.
Previously Cheng served as senior vice president, Business Strategy and Development for Disney and ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing, where he was responsible for developing business strategies to increase distribution and generate revenue streams from new products and services. He also oversaw the development of interactive products related to Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group's cable channels, which include ABC Family, Disney Channel, SOAPnet and Disney XD. In addition, Cheng worked in close association with Disney-ABC Cable Network Group and ESPN's finance teams in sales forecasting and planning for all of the Company's cable television assets.
From 2002 to 2004, Cheng served as senior vice president, Distribution Strategy and Operations for ABC Cable Networks Group, where he was responsible for developing distribution strategies, negotiating deals and creating economic plans for the Group. Additionally, he oversaw the development and implementation of the division's video-on-demand strategy and interactive television applications. He joined ABC Cable Networks in October 2000 as vice president, National Accounts and Distribution Strategy.
Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Cheng was director, Distribution Strategy, for Fox Cable Networks Group, where he was responsible for business development and implementation of three digital cable channels, now known as Fox College Sports, and developed strategies related to digital cable and broadband services. Cheng also served as director, Business Development, at Fox/Liberty Networks, where he focused on business issues and analysis for Fox Sports Net and FX Networks. Early in his career, he served as a business strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group.
Cheng earned a BS degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Vice President, Office of the President, Disney/ABC Television GroupPhotography
Charissa Gilmore serves as chief of staff to Anne Sweeney, president, Disney/ABC Television Group and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. In her role, Ms. Gilmore manages day-to-day operations and special projects for the president. The Disney/ABC Television Group is composed of The Walt Disney Company’s (NYSE: DIS) global entertainment and news television properties, owned television stations group, as well as radio and publishing businesses. This includes the ABC Television Network, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, ABC Studios, Disney Channels Worldwide, ABC Family and SOAPnet, as well as Disney/ABC Domestic Television and Disney Media Distribution. The Radio Disney network, Hyperion publishing and the Company’s equity interest in A&E Television Networks round out the Group’s portfolio of media businesses.
Ms. Gilmore has held several leadership positions during her tenure at The Walt Disney Company. Prior to her post as chief of staff, she oversaw corporate communications for Global Distribution, Digital Media and Research in Disney/ABC Television Group. This role included leading the Global Marketing team supporting content distribution across EMEA, Asia and Latin America. She also spent a number of years as Vice President, Communications for ABC Studios, overseeing corporate and programming strategic publicity and special advertising, and playing an integral role in promoting the studio’s hit programs, including ”Desperate Housewives,” ”Grey’s Anatomy” and ”Lost.” Over the years Ms. Gilmore has also held positions with ABC Corporate Initiatives and Buena Vista International Television Marketing.
Prior to her career at The Walt Disney Company, Ms. Gilmore spent time at McCann Erickson, where she worked on a number of accounts, including Columbia TriStar.
Ms. Gilmore holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Southern California, where she is periodically a guest lecturer on entertainment PR.
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Paul Lee is president, ABC Entertainment Group, a position he has held since July 2010. In this role Lee has oversight of all creative and business operations for ABC Studios, as well as all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC Entertainment. He also oversees entertainment programming for syndication and ABC Daytime via Times Square Studios. He reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
During the 2011-12 season (September 19, 2011-May 23, 2012), ABC had 3 of the Top 10 scripted shows among Adults 18-49: "Modern Family" - No. 1, "Grey's Anatomy" - No. 5 and "Once Upon a Time" - No. 9. ABC claimed TV's No. 1 comedy in the young adult demo with "Modern Family," the No. 1 drama with "Grey's Anatomy" and the No. 1 new drama with "Once Upon a Time." The Network was also home to the critically acclaimed fan favorite, "Revenge."
For the 2012-13 season, Lee shepherded in new series with industry heavyweights and veterans, including Alyssa Milano ("Charmed," "Melrose Place") and Yunjin Kim ("Lost") in "Mistresses"; Connie Britton ("Friday Night Lights") and Hayden Panettiere ("Heroes") in "Nashville"; motion picture producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura ("Transformers," "GI Joe" franchise, "Salt," "Red") for "Zero Hour"; country music superstar Reba McEntire and comic legend Lily Tomlin ("Laugh-In," "Nashville") in "Malibu Country"; and writer Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Tangled") for "The Neighbors."
Prior to becoming president of ABC Entertainment Group, Lee led ABC Family from 2004-2010, where he revitalized the cable channel with an ambitious slate of original and acquired programs. In conceiving the mission of the network, he launched a plan to target the young adult Millennial audience on multiple platforms with relatable programming like "Kyle XY," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Pretty Little Liars," "Greek," "Make It Or Break It" and "Huge." The network is also home to the biggest programming event on cable with "25 Days of Christmas." Under Lee, ABC Family had an amazing six+ years of consecutive growth.
ABC Family also made the most of new platforms to connect viewers with content. The industry recognized this push for creativity and innovation on this front by awarding ABC Family a 2007 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television, as well as an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media the following year.
Prior to joining ABC Family, Lee was chief executive officer and founder of BBC America, and was responsible for the development and launch of the company in March 1998, starting as general manager and then chief operating officer. During his tenure, the hit comedy series "The Office" (British version) garnered two Golden Globes. Other shows under his supervision included the BBC's "Changing Rooms," which formatted into TLC's signature show, "Trading Spaces," "What Not to Wear" and the "Graham Norton Show."
Before arriving stateside, Lee spent several years at the BBC, ultimately serving as channel editor for BBC Prime, the company's 24-hour entertainment channel.
He started his career as a reporter assigned to Belfast, Northern Ireland, at a particularly critical period in the conflict. Upon returning to London, he segued into entertainment, where he became a producer, director and showrunner, going on to earn a BAFTA and a BANFF Award for the BBC documentary series Arena for his portrait of Woody Guthrie.
In 1990 Lee branched out into drama, traveling to Moscow to direct and produce "Oblomov," starring George Wendt of "Cheers" fame. He also produced, directed and wrote TV movies. Before joining the BBC in 1984, Lee worked as an assistant production manager on novelas at the Brazilian national network Rede Globo in Rio de Janeiro.
Lee holds an MA in modern languages (Portuguese and Russian) from Oxford University in England.
President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels WorldwidePhotography
Gary Marsh is president and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, a role he was promoted to in September 2011.
In this newly created leadership role, Marsh has both strategic business oversight and creative responsibility for Disney’s successful and burgeoning global kids TV business, comprising more than 100 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels and feeds which are available in 169 countries and 35 languages. The portfolio spans Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Disney Cinemagic and Hungama brands plus the Radio Disney broadcast and satellite radio network and station group. Its multiplatform strategy includes subscription video-on-demand and the content-rich broadband websites (DisneyChannel.com, DisneyJunior.com, DisneyXD.com and RadioDisney.com). Through a strategic partnership with Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, Disney Channels Worldwide content is also distributed to third party broadcasters around the world.
Reporting in to Marsh is a global executive team representing Original Programming and Production, Disney Television Animation, Radio Disney, Business Affairs, Business Planning and Development, Marketing, Advertising Sales, Worldwide Programming Strategy, Planning and Acquisitions, Casting and Talent Relations for Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD platforms and brands.
Creative content is the driving force of Disney Channels Worldwide, and Marsh is responsible for leading the effort to develop Disney-branded programming for kids and families around the world. He is the executive in charge of Disney Channel’s extraordinarily successful original programming slate that includes the Emmy Award-winning hit series “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Phineas and Ferb,” “Hannah Montana,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” “That’s So Raven,” “Shake It Up” and “A.N.T. Farm,” among many others.
In addition, he oversees the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) franchise, comprising over 80 titles including the smash musical hits “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2,” “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension” and “The Cheetah Girls” trilogy.
Soundtrack and music sales from the projects and talent that Marsh has developed at Disney Channel have exceeded 50 million units. The quadruple-platinum-selling soundtrack for “High School Musical” (the #1 selling album of 2006) made history as the first ever TV movie soundtrack to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Marsh’s team also oversees Disney Junior, the popular programming multiplatform brand for kids age 2-7 which includes the TV series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Handy Manny,” among many others.
From 2009-11, he was president, Entertainment and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. From 2005-09, he was president, Entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide. From 2001-05, Marsh was executive vice president, Original Programming and Production, Disney Channel. He was executive vice president, Original Programming, from 1999-2001, and senior vice president, Original Programming, from 1994-99. He joined Disney Channel in 1988 as executive director, Programming, and was promoted to vice president within months.
Throughout his tenure at Disney Channel, Marsh has supervised projects that have garnered the highest industry and critical acclaim, including multiple Emmys and Humanitas Prizes, plus Peabody, NAMIC, Gabriel, Women in Film, Parents’ Choice and New York International Film and Television Festival Awards. He co-created and co-chairs City of Hope’s annual Concert for Hope, was an 2005 Honoree of Girls Incorporated, which recognizes industry leaders who are excellent role models for girls and young women, and was named among the 25 “Smartest People in Television” by Entertainment Weekly magazine.
Prior to joining Disney Channel, Marsh was director of Movies and Miniseries at Columbia Pictures Television. He was previously vice president, the Garth Group, a consulting firm in New York City, where he specialized in creating media for political campaigns.
Marsh is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles.
Disney Channels Worldwide is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.
Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources,
Steve Milovich was named senior vice president, Human Resources, Disney/ABC Television Group in March 2009, reporting to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
In this position Milovich oversees all organization, executive compensation and human resources efforts worldwide for Disney/ABC Television Group, which comprises the ABC Television Network; Disney Channels Worldwide; Cable Networks ABC Family and SOAPnet; Radio Disney; Walt Disney Television Animation; Disney-ABC Domestic Television and ABC Studios; Disney/ABC/ESPN Television and its international program distribution businesses; the publishing unit Hyperion; ABC Corporate Initiatives; and ABC's eight owned television stations. He also serves as a strategic advisor to Co-Chairpersons of the Board for A+E Networks on organization, executive compensation and HR matters.
Milovich has led a number of key strategic organizational and human resources initiatives in his current role, including: the major global repositioning of ABC News; integration of Lifetime and A&E into A+E Networks; development of ABC News/Univision joint venture; integration of Time Square Studios and Daytime programming into the ABC Entertainment Group; the creation of a comprehensive talent planning process for the development and retention of key talent; the development and deployment of a new employee learning and training strategy; and creating a practical and relevant diversity strategy focused on the workforce, workplace and marketplace.
Milovich joined The Walt Disney Company in 2002 as senior vice president of Corporate Human Resources, Organization and Leadership Development for the Company, with worldwide responsibility for learning, leadership development, organizational development, talent planning, employee communications, talent acquisition and Disney University. He also had overall HR responsibility for Corporate Headquarters, The Walt Disney Internet Group and The Media Technology Board.
During his tenure at Corporate Headquarters, he led the development and implementation of Disney's first Company-wide and global talent planning, performance management and talent acquisition processes and programs. He also developed and implemented the human capital strategy and plans for the acquisition of early-stage companies, and was responsible for leading a number of other strategic organizational projects to improve the attraction, development and retention of talent, including The Workforce of The Future, Finance Talent Development, and the implementation of a global, multi-language, technology-enabled learning, development and communication platform for the Company's 140,000 global employees.
Before joining Disney, Milovich served as senior vice president of Human Capital for Walker Digital, which developed Priceline.com. He helped create a West Coast presence for the firm, including the development of three startup companies in California.
Before that, he held a number of global executive positions in human resources with AlliedSignal-Honeywell International during Lawrence Bossidy's tenure as chairman and CEO. This included serving as vice president of Global Human Resources for the $15 billion Performance Products and Solutions division, with its more than 70,000 employees and operations in 40 countries. At AlliedSignal/Honeywell, he also led several large-scale change management engagements and played a key leadership role in the startup and expansion of operations in Europe and Asia, including Shanghai, Tokyo, Bucharest, Romania; Atessa, Italy; Albuquerque, New Mexico; and California.
Prior to joining AlliedSignal/Honeywell, Milovich served as senior vice president of Human Resources for Broadway Stores Inc., where he helped lead the turnaround and subsequent merger into the Federated Department Stores organization. He also held a number of increasingly responsible executive positions in human resources at PepsiCo, including leading the executive and employee development functions for Pepsi-Cola North America.
Milovich began his career at United States Steel Corporation, holding management positions in employee and labor relations.
He has conducted a variety of organization and executive development workshops and programs during his career, and has served as executive coach and mentor to numerous executives in the United States, Asia and Europe, helping them improve both their personal and their organization's effectiveness.
Milovich is a member of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business Corporate Advisory Board; he also sits on the Advisory Board for the USC Center for Effective Organizations. He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University and a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clarita Valley.
He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Utah State University and also holds an executive MBA from Pepperdine University.
President, Global Distribution, Disney Media NetworksPhotography
Ben Pyne is president, Global Distribution, Disney Media Networks. Promoted to this role in June 2007, he has chief responsibility for the international distribution and sales of the far-reaching portfolio of entertainment and news content produced by The Walt Disney Company. This includes all feature films, television series, kids’ programming, made-for-TV movies, miniseries, news documentaries, TV animation and direct-to video content – and their distribution to all platforms, including the burgeoning video-on-demand (VOD) and broadband markets. He also oversees domestic distribution of the Company’s television content handled by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, international content distribution through Disney-ABC International Television, and is responsible for the ABC Television Network’s Affiliate Relations department as well as the Disney & ESPN Media Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing team.
He reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Alan Bergman, president, The Walt Disney Studios. For domestic responsibilities concerning ESPN, Mr. Pyne reports to Sean Bratches, executive vice president, Sales and Marketing, ESPN and ABC Sports. He also works closely with Andy Bird, president, Walt Disney International.
Prior to this role, Mr. Pyne served as president, Disney & ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing, a role he was promoted to in October 2005. In this capacity, he directed all affiliate distribution, affiliate relations, affiliate marketing and local ad sales for the U.S. cable and satellite networks of The Walt Disney Company: ABC News Now, ABC Family, Disney Channel, SOAPnet, Toon Disney, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Deportes, ESPN HD and ESPNU. He also oversaw U.S. distribution of related HDTV, broadband, VOD, subscription VOD, interactive television, pay-per-view, Spanish-language, and sports syndication products. He previously served as executive vice president, Disney and ESPN Affiliate Sales and Marketing, from June 2004 through September 2005 and worked closely with Sean Bratches on the successful integration of the ESPN and ABC Cable Networks Group sales teams.
Previous to the merging of the ESPN and Disney-ABC Cable Networks Groups affiliate sales and marketing teams, Mr. Pyne served from 2000-2004 as senior vice president, Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Disney-ABC Cable Networks Group, overseeing all cable and satellite distribution, local ad sales and affiliate marketing for the four basic cable networks within the Group: ABC Family, Disney Channel, SOAPnet and Toon Disney. Under his guidance, Disney Channel transitioned from a pay cable service to an expanded basic service, growing from 6.5 million U.S. subscribers in 1992 when he joined the Company to the more than 94 million today.
In addition, Mr. Pyne directed negotiations for retransmission consent agreements for ABC's owned stations and has been a key participant in the development and launch of new businesses and services for The Walt Disney Company, including the successful subscription video service ‘Disney Channel on Demand’ and the high-speed access program ‘A Better Connection.’ His team also launched successful affiliate marketing and public affairs initiatives, among them "Learning Together," a critically acclaimed outreach program that has received numerous Beacon Award from the Cable Television's Public Affairs Association (CTPAA).
Mr. Pyne has a BA from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He was also Orchestra Manager of the New Jersey Symphony from 1985-90, just prior to attending Business School, and has experience with other nonprofit associations prior to that. Maintaining a strong interest in music, Mr. Pyne continues to play the classical guitar. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two sons.
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Michael Riley is president, ABC Family, with oversight of original programming and acquisitions, franchise management, marketing, sales and operations, and responsibility for the overall strategic and creative direction for the channel. He joined the network in August 2010.
Under Riley's leadership, ABC Family has greatly expanded its original programming, with an unprecedented seven original series on air in Summer 2012, including new series "Bunheads," "Baby Daddy," and reality series "Beverly Hills Nannies." After eight years of continuous ratings growth, the network just celebrated its highest 1Q ever in key target demos Adults 18-34, Women 18-49 and Viewers 12-34. Signature hit "Pretty Little Liars," which also recorded the network's best telecast ever in Women 18-34, broke social media records when its recent second season finale was named the "most social" television episode ever, generating a record 32,000 tweets per minute at its peak. Other returning series include "Switched at Birth" -- which launched as the channel's No. 1 original series debut in the network's history in key target demos, including Total Viewers, Adults 18-34 and Adults 18-49 -- "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," which became the network's first series to reach 100 episodes, top comedy "Melissa and Joey" and "The Lying Game."
Riley previously served as senior vice president and general manager, Radio Disney, where he oversaw the strategic management of the Radio Disney network and its portfolio of 36 owned radio stations, leading them to record ratings through original multi-platform content achievements. He joined The Walt Disney Company in this role in April 2008.
Prior to that, Riley was senior vice president and general manager, Turner Broadcasting System, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In this post he was responsible for developing the CNN commercial strategy and the overall brand strategy for the entertainment channels Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TCM, TNT and Adult Swim in Germany, Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Other key responsibilities included the management of advertising sales, marketing and interactive commerce functions, as well as supporting the company's programming development and acquisition strategy.
From 2004-06 Riley was vice president and general manager, Turner Broadcasting System France, with responsibility for all Turner channels in that market. From 2000-03 he was vice president, Turner Classic Movies, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and from 1997-2000 was vice president, Business Development, Television and Interactive Media, Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies.
From 1996-97 Riley was a strategy consultant with the global advertising and media conglomerate WPP Group in London and New York, where he conducted strategic reviews of the group's specialist communication companies including Ogilvy and Mather, J Walter Thompson. He was a business consultant for the Canadian Pacific conglomerate in Toronto from 1992-95, working across its Strategy and Information division on a range of interests including hotels, real estate, oil production, resorts and railroads.
Riley, who is fluent in French, was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and raised in Montreal, Quebec and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is a 1997 graduate of London Business School with a Masters in Business Administration, and completed an international program at Columbia Business School in 1996. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Administration and Commercial Studies from University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada in 1992.
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Vince Roberts is executive vice president, Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer, Disney/ABC Television Group, a position he was promoted to in October 2010. In this role, Mr. Roberts develops and implements operational and technological strategies and solutions to support groups across the Disney/ABC Television Group. Additionally, he is responsible for assessing new and emerging business technologies for divisions within the Group.
Reporting to Mr. Roberts are the broadcast operating and technical functions of the ABC Television Network, Disney Channel Worldwide, Disney XD, Playhouse Disney, SOAPnet and ABC Family; and Disney ABC International Television, including, Disney-branded networks in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Japan and Canada. Mr. Roberts also closely collaborates with the teams from ABC’s Owned TV Stations in regards to their operational and technological systems.
Mr. Roberts is the primary technology leader for the Disney/ABC Television Group and is charged with developing a comprehensive technology roadmap to support the strategic objectives. His other major responsibilities include: acting as the senior advisor to business unit management on technology implementation and initiatives; providing leadership in ensuring appropriate technology usage; assessing new and emerging technologies to determine applications to business unit initiatives; identifying and overseeing business process driven technology improvements; evaluating technology support and infrastructure operations.
A founding employee of Disney Channel, Mr. Roberts joined the network in 1983 as a staff engineer, and then went on to serve as director of Operations and Engineering. In 1989, after a two-year stint as senior vice president of Color Systems, Inc., he rejoined Disney Channel as vice president, Engineering and Operations. During his tenure with Disney, he led the team that developed one of the country’s first video file server-based broadcast operations. Mr. Roberts also established Disney’s first international broadcast operation – Walt Disney Television Singapore. Since then, he has been responsible for the launches of more than 90 entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in more than 160 countries and 30 languages. In addition, Mr. Roberts and his team have become industry leaders in developing and implementing file based workflows supporting both linear broadcast operations and digital media non-linear delivery.
Prior to joining Disney, Mr. Roberts spent four years in videodisc R&D and manufacturing with MCA and JVC/EMI/GE. While at MCA he was awarded a patent for developing a specialized quality control process device. During his time at Color Systems Technology as senior vice president of Production, the company was awarded an Emmy for technical achievement for the video coloring process. He was also a field engineer/cameraperson for CBS News.
Mr. Roberts currently serves on several internal and industry organizations focusing on innovation, technology development and business efficiency. He continues to play a key role in helping develop Disney’s future technology strategy initiatives.
Mr. Roberts is a Member of The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Cable Television Engineers (SCTE) and a Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is also on the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at University of Southern California (ETC @ USC).
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Marc Sandman is Senior Vice President of Labor Relations for ABC Studios, ABC Television Network, ABC Owned Television Stations Group and Disney/ABC Networks Group. Sandman joined Labor Relations in New York in 1991 and relocated to the West Coast in 1997. Prior to joining ABC, he was an attorney in private practice in New York with the firm of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, and before that with Summit Rovins and Feldesman. Sandman has also served as an Associate General Counsel for a major hospital in New York and as an attorney with the National Labor Relations Board in Brooklyn and Washington, DC. Throughout his career, his practice has concentrated in labor law and labor relations. Presently Sandman is a member of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers Board of Directors. Originally from Ashville, NC, he obtained his undergraduate degree from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his J.D. from Wake Forest University, and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University.
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Peter Seymour was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Disney/ABC Television Group in August 2012, reporting to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group. In this role, Seymour is responsible for the consolidated financial leadership of the entertainment portfolio encompassed by the Disney/ABC Television Group, including the ABC Television Network, ABC Studios, ABC Owned Station Group, Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Domestic Television, ABC Family, Radio Disney and Hyperion Publishing. In addition he has oversight of strategy development for The Walt Disney Company's worldwide broadcasting and cable programming businesses, as well as supervision of research, customer relationship management, media planning and franchise management for DATG.
From 2008-2012, Seymour held the position of executive vice president of Strategy and Research for Disney Media Networks.
Since joining DATG as a senior vice president in 2005, Seymour has been instrumental in shaping its overall strategy and the strategic direction of its individual businesses. He helped develop the strategy for converting Toon Disney and Jetix channels worldwide into Disney XD, launching Disney Junior, and expanding Disney Channel into multiple international markets. He led initiatives to streamline ABC's workforce and digitize ABCNews, including guiding discussions that led to ABCNews' relationship with Yahoo and its 24-hour cable network joint venture with Univision. He has played a key role in planning the deployment of ABC, ABC Family and Disney content on digital platforms, including the recent launch of the Watch Disney apps in conjunction with Comcast.
Additionally, Seymour oversaw DATG's partnership with ESPN to launch the industry-leading Disney Media and Advertising Lab in Austin, which has completed well over 100 primary research studies using advanced technologies like facial coding, eye-gaze tracking, and biometric monitoring. His media planning team oversees the allocation of DATG's on-air promotion as well as placing paid media and measuring marketing effectiveness across all platforms. His franchise management team is responsible for developing merchandising and licensing strategies for key properties originating with Disney/ABC Television Group such as "Phineas & Ferb," "Jake and the Neverland Pirates," ABC Family's "Jane by Design," or ABC's "Castle," "The Chew" and "Once Upon a Time."
Prior to joining Disney Media Networks, Seymour spent nine years in the Strategic Planning unit of The Walt Disney Company, where he oversaw corporate development and worked closely with the broadcasting, internet, video games and technology units of the company.He joined Disney from The LEK/Alcar Consulting Group, where he managed strategy consulting projects in technology and media fields.
Seymour served on the board of Disney's public subsidiary Jetix Europe, N.V. until it was fully acquired by Disney, and he currently serves on the board of the AETN partnership, which manages the A&E, History, Bio and Lifetime networks. He is also Disney's board member in the Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement, a research partnership founded by 14 television content providers, agencies and advertisers.
Seymour has a BA in economics and Asian languages and an MBA from Stanford University.
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Ben Sherwood was named president of ABC News in December 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of ABC News' broadcasts, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline," "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." In addition, Mr. Sherwood oversees ABC News Radio, ABCNEWS.com, satellite service NewsOne and ABC News NOW. ABC News reaches a combined audience of well over 270 million people a month on television, on radio and online.
Under Mr. Sherwood's leadership the news division has been recognized repeatedly for outstanding journalism. Across its many programs and platforms, the news division is enjoying significant audience growth, driven by a creative renaissance and innovative deal-making.
More Americans get their news from ABC News than from any other source. In 2012, ABC News reached an historic milestone when "Good Morning America" snapped NBC's 16-year winning streak in the mornings; "Nightline" is dominating its new time period at 12:35a ET; "20/20" is outdrawing the competition; and the margins continue to narrow in the evenings and on the weekends. ABC News drew a record-breaking audience for Nic Wallenda's epic live tightrope walk across Niagara Falls in June, and further established its reputation for television excellence with the critically acclaimed "NY Med" series last summer.
In October 2011, ABC News launched a ground-breaking partnership with Yahoo! to create the No. 1 news and information network online, reaching nearly 100 million people and serving up to half a billion videos a month. This year ABC News and Univision will launch a new network to serve and empower U.S. Hispanics, the youngest and fastest growing demographic in America, and provide culturally relevant programming for Latinos in English.
In addition, during Mr. Sherwood's tenure the news division has won the most prestigious honors in the industry, including George Polk, George Foster Peabody, News and Documentary Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Overseas Press Club, SPJ Sigma Delta Chi and Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.
Mr. Sherwood began to explore a career in journalism with student internships at KCET public television in Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Times Washington Bureau and the "CBS Evening News." In 1984-1985, during a year off from college, he worked for The News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina; The Los Angeles Times Paris bureau; and the United Nations Border Relief Operation in Aranyaprathet, Thailand.
Mr. Sherwood launched his journalistic career in earnest when he joined ABC News in 1989, serving as an investigative associate producer and producer for ABC News' "PrimeTime Live" with anchors Diane Sawyer and Sam Donaldson. During that time his investigative reports explored flaws in the secretive B-2 stealth bomber program, the dangers of unlicensed mental health practitioners and the unheralded risks of an overprescribed heart medication.
In 1997 Mr. Sherwood joined NBC's "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw" as broadcast producer responsible for "In Depth" reports, then senior producer, and ultimately senior broadcast producer, where he helped guide coverage of the September 11th attacks and the controversy in Florida during the 2000 presidential election.
Mr. Sherwood returned to ABC News in April 2004 as executive producer of the network's award-winning morning program, "Good Morning America." He guided "GMA" to two of the most successful seasons in its history, while overseeing prize-winning coverage of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and the Presidential election of 2004.
Over the years Mr. Sherwood's journalism and non-fiction essays have been published in many respected publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, New Republic, Washington Monthly, Parade and O magazine. He is the author of two critically acclaimed best-selling novels: The Man Who Ate the 747 (2000) and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud (2004). His fiction has been published around the world in more than 15 languages. In July 2010, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud was adapted as a feature film starring Zac Efron and was released by Universal Pictures under the title "Charlie St. Cloud."
Mr. Sherwood's latest book, The Survivors Club, is a non-fiction exploration of the science and secrets of who bounces back from everyday adversity and who doesn't; who beats life-threatening disease and who succumbs; and who triumphs after economic hardship and who surrenders. The book became an instant New York Times bestseller, has been featured widely in print and on television, and has been published around the world.
In January 2009, Mr. Sherwood founded TheSurvivorsClub.org, an online resource center and support network for people surviving and thriving in the face of all kinds of adversity. In September 2010, The Survivors Club relaunched in partnership with Hearst Digital Media, significantly expanding its reach and offerings.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Harvard College in 1986, Mr. Sherwood earned an AB degree in American government and history. From 1986 to 1989, as a Rhodes Scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, he earned master's degrees in British imperial history and development economics.
Mr. Sherwood is a member of the advisory board of City Year Los Angeles and a member of the advisory board of the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He and his wife, Karen, live in New York with their two young boys.
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As president of ABC Sales, Geri Wang leads a team of more than 275 executives and staff responsible for advertising sales and integrated marketing initiatives. Promoted to this position in February 2010, Ms. Wang has been instrumental in extending advertising opportunities and value beyond the traditional broadcast network into innovative approaches to new media and digital applications. She oversees a business group generating multi-billion-dollar revenues annually, through offices in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles.
Ms. Wang's senior executive role encompasses ABC Primetime, ABC Daytime, ABC News, ABC Late-Night, ABC Interactive/Digital and ABC Sales Development. She also guides the sales and integrated marketing efforts for Disney/ABC Unlimited, the cross-divisional sales unit of The Walt Disney Company; Disney/ABC Domestic Television Syndication Group; and SOAPNet. Ms. Wang reports directly to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks, and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
Since joining ABC in 1990, Ms. Wang has advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility, gaining hands-on sales and management experience in all dayparts. Her wide-ranging expertise and advertising sales success led to her appointment as senior vice president of Primetime Sales in 2000 and, a decade later, to her current position as president of ABC Sales.
A self-professed "research and numbers fanatic who loves a good spreadsheet," Ms. Wang has long been recognized for her adept research and analytical skills, coupled with her ability to quickly adapt business metrics in an evolving media environment. While at the helm of ABC Primetime Sales, she is also credited with forging closer operational and creative ties with the Network's Primetime Entertainment Group. This has further expanded ABC's leadership in developing new branding and integration opportunities such as interstitial promercials, webisodes and ABC's pioneering advertiser-supported iPad app.
Ms. Wang is a board member of the American Advertising Federation, and she mentors young people through both the National Association of Multi-Ethnicity in Communication and the ABC Media Networks programs. She has been honored as one of Advertising Age magazine's "Women to Watch" and has been named to the "Mediaweek 50" list of top media executives in the U.S. Ms. Wang began her career as a media research analyst at Grey Advertising and is a graduate of Ithaca College.