Walt Disney Television Makes Major Business, Exec Shifts, ABC's Burke Moves To 20th Television

Following corporate-wide restructuring at Walt Disney -- touting an emphasis on all things streaming and direct-to-consumer businesses -- now Walt Disney Television is changing up its business units and senior executives.

A major move comes with the consolidation of 20th Television and ABC Signature, two studios at Disney. Karey Burke, who had been president of ABC Entertainment, will become president of 20th Television.

Burke will report to Dana Walden, chairman of entertainment, Walt Disney Television, who made the announcement.

Jonnie Davis will continue as president of ABC Signature, which produces “Grey's Anatomy” for ABC Television Networks and “Little Fires Everywhere” for Hulu. He will report to Walden. Previously Davis had been president of Twentieth Century Fox Television.

As part of this move, Touchstone Television will disappear as a brand studio with its operations rolled into 20th Television.



Craig Hunegs will move from president of Disney Television Studios to serve as president of entertainment, Walt Disney Television, working with Walden across all business units.

In addition, original content teams at ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals will be consolidated under one leader -- Craig Erwich, who will be president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. For the latter, he will take over management responsibilities that resided with Burke.

Bert Salke will move to a multi-year overall producing deal with Disney Television Studios, from president of Touchstone Television.

In a previous announcement -- focusing on restructuring marketing and publicity -- Shannon Ryan was named president, content marketing, Hulu and general entertainment for Walt Disney Television.

Tara Duncan, as president of Freeform, will continue to oversee original programming for the basic cable entertainment channel.

Duncan came to Disney from Hulu earlier this year, Previously, she was Netflix overseeing series including “Orange Is the New Black” and “Narcos.”

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