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McG signs with new-look ABC Family

Prolific network and cable producer McG has signed a two-year overall development deal with ABC Family, ABC Studios and cable production division ABC Signature. The deal comes ahead of ABC Family renaming as Freeform in January 2016 as a play to better attract millennial audiences. McG’s Wonderland Sound & Vision will develop and direct scripted […]

Ex-Disney digital chief joins Amazon Studios

Amazon Studios has named former Disney/ABC Television Group digital chief Albert Cheng COO, and drafted in Bob Berney to handle its push into movie distribution. Cheng led Disney/ABC’s digital efforts, including its stake in on-demand platform Hulu, as executive VP and chief product officer before leaving last month. Cheng’s departure from The Walt Disney Company […]

ABC digital chief to depart

Disney/ABC Television Group digital boss Albert Cheng will leave the company in May. His departure follows Ben Sherwood succeeding Anne Sweeney, who he had worked closely with the Mouse House-owned TV group, as Disney/ABC president. According to Re/code, he told staff in an email that it was time to move on, though he would remain […]

Development chief Juergens exiting ABC Family

Kate Juergens, who is credited with leading ABC Family’s programming expansion of recent years, is exiting the Disney/ABC Television Group-owned cable channel. She will leave her post as chief creative officer and executive VP of Juergens after a decade at the network. In that time she has overseen development, production and launch of successful shows […]

Ben Sherwood to replace Anne Sweeney at Disney/ABC

Ben Sherwood has been named as Anne Sweeney’s replacement as boss of Disney/ABC Television Group. Sherwood has been running ABC News during which time he is credited with reinvigorating Good Morning America and forging joint ventures with Yahoo and US Hispanic net Univision. Disney announced this afternoon (GMT) that he will take Sweeney’s role of […]

Disney/ABC chief Sweeney to exit post

Disney/ABC Television Group president and Disney Media Networks co-chair Anne Sweeney is to leave the company to become a TV director. Sweeney, who joined Disney in 1996, will step down in January 2015. The Disney/ABC Television Group includes broadcast channel ABC, cable net ABC Family, kids channel Disney Channel, the Disney Channels Worldwide business and […]

ABC Family discards Bunheads

Disney/ABC Television Group has cancelled ABC Family ballet drama Bunheads. The first season of the show had rated lower than The Lying Game, which ABC Family canned last week, meaning it has been on thin ice for some time now despite positive critical reviews. The show follows a Las Vegas show girl who, after getting […]

Dubuc upped to A+E president, CEO

Nancy Dubuc has become just the third CEO in A+E Network’s history, with former incumbent Abbe Raven moving up to a new role as chairman. Dubuc, previously president of entertainment and media and credited with overseeing the highest rated cable series ever in History’s Hatfields and McCoys, will also become A+E president. She will oversee […]