Disney Television Studios restructures leadership team

MUMBAI: Disney Television Studios collection of studios comprised of 20th Century Fox Television, ABC Studios, and Fox 21 Television Studios has announced the restructuring of its leadership team.

As part of the restructuring, Patrick Moran and Howard Davine will step down from their leadership roles at ABC Studios. At ABC Studios, Jonnie Davis has been named the president. At 20th Century Fox Television, Carolyn Cassidy has been promoted to president, Creative Affairs, to run that studio alongside Howard Kurtzman, who continues as president of Business Operations. Josh Sussman will be promoted to executive vice president, Business Affairs, ABC Studios, where he will work for Davis.

The company produces shows including ‘This Is Us’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Homeland’ and ‘Modern Family’. The new appointments were announced by Disney Television Studios president Craig Hunegs to whom Davis, Cassidy, and Kurtzman will report. Bert Salke continues as Fox 21 Television Studios president also reporting to Hunegs.

“This exceptional group is uniquely qualified to continue building our position as the strongest studios in the industry and the very best home for talent. Jonnie is a great leader with infectious energy and optimism, as well as an incredible partner to our creators. The award-winning quality, diversity and a sheer number of series he developed and oversaw at 20th, along with the relationships he has with writers, producers, directors, and actors, are second to none. Together with Josh, a gifted business affairs strategist, Jonnie is poised to take ABC Studios to even greater levels of success.

“Carolyn is an absolute star creative executive with extraordinary leadership skills, a deep understanding of the studio and great relationships with our creators and the entire company. We are thrilled that Howard will continue alongside her, as together they make a formidable team. With Fox 21 Television Studios remaining under Bert Salke and Vibiana Molina overseeing business affairs, these three dynamic companies have the exceptional leadership to ensure Disney Television Studios remains a world-class studio and the best home for creators and great storytelling” explained Hunegs.

Talking about Moran and Davine stepping down from their leadership roles at ABC Studios Hunegs said, “I have enormous respect for Patrick and Howard and for all they have achieved in their careers at ABC Studios. Patrick has developed and overseen many landmark series and has an excellent slate of new shows. I have known Howard for many years, and he is one of the most accomplished and effective business affairs executives in our industry, having made a number of groundbreaking deals and run an excellent business. Together they have brought to ABC Studios a wonderful group of writers, producers, and executives and made a lasting contribution to The Walt Disney Company.”