Exec to play key role in developing broadband content

Erik Flannigan has been named senior vice president for all of the non-Disney-branded entertainment Web sites of the Walt Disney Internet Group.

In his new role, Flannigan is responsible for managing ABC.com, Mr.Showbiz.com, Movies.com and Wall of Sound. He will also play a key role in developing broadband entertainment content for Disney’s Internet business.

Promoted from vice president of the Mr.Showbiz, Movies.com and Wall of Sound sites, Flannigan will be relocating from Walt Disney Internet Group’s Seattle office to Los Angeles. Flannigan will lead the integration of the best of breed technologies, applications and content across all of the Walt Disney Internet Group’s entertainment properties.

Flannigan started as an associate editor at Mr. Showbiz in 1995. He expanded the site’s music coverage, the success of which culminated in the launch of Wall of Sound, a satellite site devoted solely to music. In May, Flannigan launched the successful Movies.com, a comprehensive site dedicated to all facets of movie releases.

Prior to joining Mr.Showbiz, Flannigan served as managing editor of ICE, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based monthly publication covering the CD releases. He also served as a senior editor for Seattle’s independent music paper, the Rocket. He also co-authored the book “Led Zeppelin: Heaven and Hell” and edited the book “Backstreets, Springsteen: The Man and His Music.”

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