ABC grows Younger for distrib’n exec

CFO to o'see BV Prods., TV

ABC has upped Laurie Younger to exec VP and chief financial officer and added to her duties the role of exec VP of television distribution for the company.

Move is effective immediately.

Most recently, Younger was senior VP and chief financial officer for ABC, a position she’s held since August 1998.

In Younger’s new distrib capacity, she will report to Robert Iger, prexy and chief operating officer for the Walt Disney Co., which owns ABC.

In Younger’s role as CFO of ABC, she reports to Tom Staggs, senior exec veep and CFO for Disney.

As exec VP of ABC’s distribution operation, Younger will oversee Buena Vista Prods., with responsibility for development and production of firstrun syndication, as well as Buena Vista Television, Disney’s pay TV, pay-per-view, cable and broadcast syndie operation. She will also oversee Disney’s international TV biz.

The distrib aspect of the appointment reps the latest among a number of exec shuffles during the last year in that portion of Disney’s business. Janice Marinelli, prexy of Buena Vista Television, had been reporting to Iger.

Marinelli rose to the prexy post from exec VP of sales for BVTV in November 1999 after Mort Marcus moved on to the Buena Vista Internet Group (now Walt Disney Internet Group).

In February, BVTV’s development functions for syndicated programming were reorganized under a new entity that also comprises ABC Daytime programming efforts. That arm is headed by ABC Daytime prexy Angela Shapiro.

“Laurie’s experience and judgment have been of great value to the company in a variety of financial and business areas,” said Iger.

“These expanded responsibilities will allow both her and the company to leverage her strengths in critical areas of our business,” added Staggs.

Prior to becoming senior VP and CFO of ABC in 1998, Younger had been senior VP of ABC since November 1996. Younger has been with Disney since 1985, when she joined the network television group at its inception as director of business affairs for network television.

Before joining the Mouse House, she spent eight years at 20th Century Fox, where she advanced to director of business affairs.

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