- Anne Sweeney
- Ellen Archer
- Kevin Brockman
- Rebecca Campbell
- Albert Cheng
- Jewell Engstrom
- Scott Fain
- Brian Frons
- James Hedges
- Paul Lee
- Gary Marsh
- Robert Mendez
- Steve Milovich
- Ben Pyne
- Michael Riley
- Vince Roberts
- Peter Seymour
- Geri Wang
Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks President, Disney/ABC Television GroupPhotography
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, and radio business.
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 107 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels, including Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama, and Radio Disney brands. Additionally, Ms. Sweeney's responsibilities include cable networks ABC Family and SOAPnet, and the company's equity interest in A+E Networks and Hulu.
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. Most recently, through its WATCH ABC service, ABC became the first linear broadcast network to provide authenticated viewers with live access to their favorite ABC shows and local market programming, as well as a variety of on-demand content, in more ways than ever before, at home and on the go.
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 has served as 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 as the recipient of the Advocate Leader Award from WICT's Southern California chapter in 1998. 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.
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 108 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 164 countries/territories in 34 languages; ABC Family; Radio Disney and the Company's equity interests in A&E Networks, Hulu and Fusion. In addition, he is responsible for the Group's Internal Communications and Corporate Citizenship 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 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, is currently Chairman of the Board of GLSEN, the nation's leading not-for-profit education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, especially those 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.
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Disney ABC Networks GroupPhotography
Jewell Engstrom is chief financial officer and executive vice president, Disney ABC Networks Group. She joined the Company in 1990 and was promoted to her current role in 2005. Based in Burbank, Ms. Engstrom reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
Ms. Engstrom has international finance and accounting responsibilities for Disney ABC Networks Group's Disney Channels Worldwide, which are available in more than 160 countries, and the U.S. cable platforms ABC Family and SOAPnet.
She also oversees financial issues for the Disney Television Animation production unit and Disney's equity interest in AETN, LLC (A&E, History Channel and Lifetime). Additionally, Ms. Engstrom formulates new financial and business opportunities for the group and oversees long-term planning. She serves as a member of Board of Directors for AETN, LLC.
Ms. Engstrom has held several finance management positions during her 20 years with The Walt Disney Company, most recently as chief financial officer and senior vice president of Disney ABC Cable Networks Group. She joined Disney Channel in September of 1990 as manager of finance.
Prior to her tenure at Disney, she spent six years working for Price Waterhouse in their financial services group, handling a wide variety of clients ranging from banks to entertainment companies.
A certified public accountant, Ms. Engstrom is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/Business.
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Disney Media NetworksPhotography
T. Scott Fain serves as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, Media Networks, and reports to Alan Braverman, Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary for The Walt Disney Company. In this role Mr. Fain oversees the legal affairs of Disney/ABC Television Group’s broadcast and cable networks, including Standards and Practices, the ABC owned television stations, the Company’s radio networks and Disney Interactive Media Group.
Prior to taking on his current role, Mr. Fain served as Senior Vice President, Broadcasting – Legal and Business Affairs, ABC, Inc., from 2000 to 2003. He worked as Vice President, Legal Affairs, Walt Disney Television International, where he was based in London from 1997 through 2000. Mr. Fain joined ABC, Inc., in 1993 as Senior General Attorney with the ABC Cable and International Broadcast Group.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Fain spent more than ten years as an associate in the corporate department of the international law firm White & Case in New York City, where he also spent a period of time working out of the firm’s Stockholm office.
A graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Fain also holds a Master of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English, both from University of Virginia.
JAMES L. HEDGES
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, ABC Television Network and ABC Television StudioPhotography
James Hedges was promoted to the position of chief financial officer and executive vice president of the ABC Television Network and ABC Television Studio in October 2005. Based in Burbank, California, he reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group.
As chief financial officer and executive vice president, Mr. Hedges is responsible for all financial aspects of the ABC Television Network and ABC Television Studio, including accounting, financial reporting, planning and deal analysis.
Mr. Hedges most recently served as the network’s chief financial officer and senior vice president, since January 2001. He joined the ABC Entertainment Television Group in November 1999 as senior vice president, Finance and Planning.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Hedges was vice president of Finance and chief financial officer for Buena Vista Television. He oversaw all financial aspects of the syndication division. He joined Buena Vista Television in 1995 as director of Finance.
Mr. Hedges also served as assistant controller for both Lucasfilm Ltd. and TriStar Pictures and as director of Financial Reporting for Sony Pictures Entertainment. He was assistant controller for The Guber-Peters Entertainment Company prior to its acquisition by Sony USA, and began his career as an audit senior for Arthur Andersen & Co.
A certified public accountant, Mr. Hedges is a magna cum laude graduate of Azusa Pacific University with a BS degree in accounting. He also has been an adjunct lecturer for the university’s graduate and undergraduate business programs.
President, ABC Entertainment GroupPhotography
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 daytime.
Under his leadership, Mr. Lee has shepherded in numerous hit series for the Network, including "Scandal," "Resurrection," "The Goldbergs," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Revenge," "Nashville" and "Once Upon a Time."
So far this season, the Network has delivered 6 of the Top 15 entertainment series on broadcast TV in Adults 18-49 (more than any net), including the No. 1 freshman show ("How to Get Away with Murder"), the No. 1 new comedy ("black-ish") and the Top 2 dramas ("How to Get Away with Murder" and "Scandal"): "Modern Family" (4.9 rating) - No. 2, "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.6 rating) - No. 3, "Scandal" (4.2 rating) - No. 7, "Once Upon a Time" (3.6 rating) - No. 12, while "black-ish" (3.5 rating) and "Grey's Anatomy" (3.5 rating) tie at No. 14. In addition, "How to Get Away with Murder" is the season's highest-rated show with key Women (W18-34/W18-49). Additionally, ABC has had its strongest Thursday start in 5 years opposite the NFL and dominates its non-sport competition on the night and is up by double digits versus the same point last season in Total Viewers (+34%) and Adults 18-49 (+24%). On both Nielsen measures, ABC is off to its strongest start on the night since the beginning of the 2009-10 season. Source: The Nielsen Company, (National, Most Current Program Ratings), 09/22/14-10/26/14
Still to come for the 2014-15 season are "Marvel's Agent Carter," Marvel's second network television series, starring Hayley Atwell, reprising her role from "Captain America: The First Avenger" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"; "The Whispers," from executive producer Steven Spielberg; "American Crime," from Academy Award winner John Ridley; "Secrets and Lies," starring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis; and "Galavant," from executive producer Dan Fogelman ("Cars," "Crazy, Stupid, Love").
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, including "Pretty Little Liars," which is now the leading TV show in social media, as well as "Kyle XY," "The Secret Life of the American Teenager," "Greek," "Make It Or Break It" and "Huge." The network was 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
Before arriving stateside, the British-born Lee spent several years at the BBC in London, 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.
Marsh has both strategic business oversight and creative responsibility for Disney's successful and burgeoning global kids TV business, comprised of 107 kid-driven, family-inclusive entertainment channels and feeds which are available in 166 countries and 34 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 live, linear feeds available via authenticated TV+ products – WATCH Disney Channel, WATCH Disney XD and WATCH Disney Junior – at home and via mobile devices.
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 and On-Air Promotion, 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. The extraordinarily successful original programming slate includes the Emmy Award-winning hit series "Wizards of Waverly Place," "Phineas and Ferb" and "Mickey Mouse" shorts, Emmy-nominated "Good Luck Charlie" and "Dog with a Blog," "Hannah Montana," "Girl Meets World," "Gravity Falls," "Austin & Ally" and "Jessie," among many others.
He also oversees the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, comprising over 90 titles, including the smash musical hits "High School Musical" and "High School Musical 2," "Teen Beach Movie," "Camp Rock," "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension" and "The Cheetah Girls" trilogy. In Total Viewers, five of the Top 6 movies in cable TV history are Disney Channel Original Movies. The franchise has also delivered the #1 TV movie telecast among Tweens for 12-consecutive years.
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 multiplatform brand for kids age 2-7, which includes the Annie-award winning TV series "Sofia the First" and "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," the Emmy-nominated "Doc McStuffins" and "Mickey Mouse Clubhouse" and "Sheriff Callie's Wild West," each blending Disney's unparalleled storytelling and beloved characters with learning components, including early math and language skills, as well as healthy eating and lifestyles, with an emphasis on social and emotional development.
From 2009-11, Marsh was President, Entertainment and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. From 2005-09, he was President, Entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide. From 2001-05, he 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, Diversity, Disney/ABC Television GroupPhotography
Robert Mendez is senior vice president, Diversity, Disney/ABC Television Group. Based in Burbank, California, he reports to Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group.
In his position, Mr. Mendez is responsible for advancing diversity strategies for the various properties within the Disney/ABC Television Group, including the ABC Television Network, Disney Channels Worldwide, Disney XD and ABC Family, among others. In addition to his internal management responsibilities, Mr. Mendez serves as the Disney/ABC Television Group's key liaison on diversity matters with government officials, the creative community, advocacy groups and others.
Mr. Mendez is an accomplished television industry attorney who has managed business affairs, legal affairs, contract administration and production agreements for such successful TV series as "Live with Regis and Kelly" and "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire." Long committed to employment diversity in the television industry and other business sectors, he is a past president of the Hispanic National Bar Association and currently serves on the boards of the International Radio and Television Society, National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications, the Los Angeles County Fair Association and The Imagen Foundation.
Mr. Mendez previously served, since 2002, as senior vice president, Business & Legal Affairs, for Buena Vista Television (now Disney/ABC Domestic Television), the television syndication division of The Walt Disney Company, which distributes "Live with Regis and Kelly" and also manages the production and distribution of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, among other programs. Mr. Mendez's responsibilities also extended to the domestic distribution of The Walt Disney Company's film library and other television product on various platforms, such as pay-per-view, pay cable, network and Internet.
Earlier in his career Mr. Mendez spent 15 years with Paramount Pictures Domestic Television, where he rose to the position of senior vice president, Business Affairs, and was responsible for contract negotiation for series ranging from "Entertainment Tonight" to "Dr. Phil." He has also been a senior attorney for NBC involved in litigation management on First Amendment and other issues, and was deputy attorney general for the California Attorney General's Criminal Division.
Mr. Mendez received his Juris Doctorate from the University of California Davis School of Law and his Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College. He is a member of the California State Bar and the Los Angeles County Bar Association.
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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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 the Disney/ABC Television Group's vast portfolio of media and broadcast businesses. 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 (BO&E), Disney Channel Worldwide, Disney XD, Disney Junior, ABC Family and Disney ABC Domestic Television. In addition, he supports Disney ABC International Television, including, Disney-branded networks in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Japan, Korea, and Canada. Mr. Roberts also supports the engineering team from ABC's eight 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. Mr. Roberts and his team have become industry leaders in developing and implementing cloud based and file based workflows supporting both linear broadcast operations and digital media non-linear delivery.
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.
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. In addition, Mr. Roberts has four patents pending for Cloud Based Broadcast Systems, Counterbalanced and Motorized Monopod Jib for Cameras, and a Live Panoramic Image Capture and Distribution.
Mr. Roberts co-chaired the FCC's Video Programming Accessibility Committee (VPAAC) on Internet closed captioning; was recently named Chairman of the Innovation Advisory Board for Imagine Communications (formerly Harris Broadcast), and awarded the 2014 B&C Technology Leadership Award. Mr. Roberts currently also 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 serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). Mr. Roberts is also Chairman of the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at University of Southern California (ETC @ USC).
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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, Mr. 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 and Radio Disney.
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 and media planning for DATG.
From 2008-2012, Mr. 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, Mr. 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, he 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 research and customer relationship management team study audience viewing, behavior and sentiment to support programming, scheduling, marketing and advertising decisions across the businesses.
Prior to joining Disney Media Networks, Mr. 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.
Mr. 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. He also serves on the board and chairs the audit committee of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, which operates initiatives like Stand Up to Cancer, the EIF Revlon Run/Walk for Women, iParticipate and Hunger Is.
Mr. Seymour has a BA in economics and Asian languages and an MBA from Stanford University.
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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.