Dana Walden
Courtesy of Disney
United States
2021

The Walt Disney Company

Dana
Walden

Chairman, General Entertainment Content

One of the most powerful TV executives has been busy overhauling management of ABC¡¯s entertainment operations, the 20th Television studio and Hulu¡¯s original content operations. Last December, Walden shifted veteran network programmer Karey Burke from president of ABC Entertainment to the top job at 20th Television, while Hulu original content chief Craig Erwich took on additional oversight of ABC entertainment programming. The manager shuffle reflects the broader realignment at Disney to prioritize production activity to fuel the growth of Disney+, Hulu and future streaming platforms. Walden¡¯s units have been signing content pacts with creatives at a rapid clip. In May, Walden unveiled Onyx Collective, a content brand to support creators of color, with their works to be showcased on Hulu. In June 2022, she replaced Peter Rice as chairman of general entertainment content.

Career

  • 20th Century Fox Television (DEFUNCT)
  • FOX Entertainment
  • B/HI

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Dana Walden Addresses Disney Shakeup, Vows to Make Studio 'The Very Best Home for Talent'

Dana Walden Addresses Disney Shakeup, Vows to Make Studio 'The Very Best Home for Talent'

Dana Walden, newly promoted to Disney's top TV post, addressed the shocking management shakeup that saw her elevation and the ouster of her longtime boss, Peter Rice.Walden sent a note to Disney General Entertainment staffers detailing the vast unit's many recent success stories across ABC, FX, Hulu, Freeform, National Geographic and the production units that Walden now oversees. She noted the surprising transition that was unveiled June 9. The timing, by many accounts, surprised Walden and Rice as much as...

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