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Disney’s Dana Walden Reorganizes Senior Team: John Landgraf, Simran Sethi Elevated

Dana Walden has solidified her senior executive team. Following the early February news that she was being upped to co-chairman of Disney Entertainment, Walden has streamlined her reporting structure with both John Landgraf and Simran Sethi adding responsibilities. Landgraf, who has long been a creative standout at FX, has added prestige brands Nat Geo and […]

Disney Reorg: Dana Walden, Alan Bergman Gain Streaming, International; Rebecca Campbell to Exit

Disney’s new executive leadership structure has come into focus. A day after CEO Bob Iger previewed a reorganization that returns financial decision-making back to its creative ranks, newly anointed Disney Entertainment co-chairs Alan Bergman (film) and Dana Walden (television) have detailed their respective responsibilities. The promotions expand their power significantly — they’ll now oversee streaming […]

How Seth MacFarlane and His ‘Family Guy’ Showrunners Learned to Push the Envelope Successfully

Seth MacFarlane was a 24-year-old Hanna-Barbera animator when Fox bet big on his pitch for Family Guy. Nearly a quarter-century — and one reversed cancellation (thanks to brisk DVD sales) — later, the uproarious and utterly inappropriate Griffins reach 400 episodes in 21 seasons with the Nov. 20 installment, “Get Stewie.” MacFarlane and co-showrunners Rich […]

Disney Succession: Dana Walden Praises Peter Rice and Bob Chapek in Memo Outlining Priorities

In her first full week leading Disney’s general entertainment division, Dana Walden praised her former boss Peter Rice, and Disney CEO Bob Chapek, and pledged to make the studio a place for creativity and inclusion. “I promise you that I will do everything I can to support you and make sure that DGE is the […]

Peter Rice Addresses Disney Exit in Final Staff Memo, Calls Tenure “A Pleasure and a Privilege”

Ousted Disney executive Peter Rice addressed his team in a farewell message obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. Rice, who normally sends weekly memos to staff celebrating all things Disney, sent his final missive to the company Thursday. Rice was let go from his role as chairman of entertainment and programming by CEO Bob Chapek on […]

Disney Insiders, Hollywood Execs Stunned at How Bob Chapek Ousted Peter Rice

One of the most powerful executives in media was meeting with a group of people the morning of June 9 when he heard the news that Disney CEO Bob Chapek had abruptly fired chairman of entertainment and programming Peter Rice. “Chapek just made another massive mistake,” this exec announced. The market may have agreed: Disney […]

Disney’s Peter Rice Ousted in Major Executive Shake-Up

In a major executive shake-up, Peter Rice, chairman of Disney’s entertainment and programming, is exiting the company, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. Sources say embattled Disney CEO Bob Chapek summoned Rice to his office Monday and relieved the former Fox exec of his duties. The CEO, who took over for Bob Iger last year, is […]

LL Cool J and Rob Lowe Turn Up to Honor Richard and Demi Weitz at Alliance for Children’s Rights Dinner

The last time the Alliance for Children’s Rights hosted an in-person fundraiser at the Beverly Hilton, John Legend performed for an audience that included Anthony Anderson, Willie Garson, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Taran Killam and a long list of industry power players. The date: March 5, 2020. Days later, the world would come to a grinding halt […]

Ryan Murphy Sets ‘American Sports Story,’ ‘American Love Story’ Anthologies at FX

Ryan Murphy may have a rich Netflix overall deal but he’s not done building his American Story franchise for Disney and FX. The prolific showrunner has set two American Story spinoffs — anthologies American Sports Story and American Love Story — at FX as the John Landgraf-led cable network is already working with Murphy on […]

Dana Walden Says ABC Passed on Pilots for Not Being Inclusive Enough

During a panel that included Amazon Studios chief Jennifer Salke, Walden revealed that "for the first time," the network received "some incredibly well-written scripts that did not satisfy our standards in terms of inclusion."

Dana Walden Talks COVID-19 Protocols, Embracing Failure and Promoting Diversity During Harvard Fireside Chat

The high-ranking chairman received a lifetime achievement award at the tail end of a 45-minute Fireside Chat that featured a wide-ranging discussion and Walden's own daughter, Casey.