Ben Sherwood
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Disney-ABC Television Group

Ben
Sherwood

President

Ben Sherwood didn’t start out as the big cheese at the Mouse house. The former journalist entered the television industry as an investigative associate producer with ABC News’ “Prime Time Live,” departed for NBC and returned to ABC in 2004 to executive produce “Good Morning America,” which became the No. 1 morning news program.

Elevated to president of ABC News in 2010, Sherwood’s ability to broker innovative deals, including a partnership with Yahoo that strengthened ABC News’ online presence, made him a prime choice for his current position where he continues to explore the viability of new platforms and opportunities that can expand the company’s reach globally and digitally. As co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of DATG, Sherwood’s responsibilities also inclide oversight of cable network Freeform (formerly ABC Family), and the company’s equity interest in A+E Networks, Fusion, and Hulu. He’s credited with helping lure “Lost” co-showrunner Carlton Cuse back to ABC Studios.

“Like you, we believe the potential of video is great and growing. We know that by 2020 there will be 6 billion smartphones. We know that 4.2 billion people will be connected to the internet and we look forward to seizing that opportunity,” Sherwood told Variety in 2016.

Sherwood graduated from Harvard as a Phi Beta Kappa, then went on to study at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, earning master’s degrees in British imperial history and development economics.

Career

  • Disney-ABC Television Group
  • GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

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Mipcom: Disney-ABC’s Ben Sherwood on Local Production and the Unifying Power of Storytelling

Mipcom: Disney-ABC’s Ben Sherwood on Local Production and the Unifying Power of Storytelling

CANNES, France - Where will Ben Sherwood take Disney-ABC TV?  One answer: abroad. Another: further into the digital realm.Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, hinted at the new directions for his company in his Media Mastermind keynote address at Mipcom on Tuesday.He expounded on the huge growth of the digital market in a speech that was delivered without notes and filled with fun facts.“More people around the world own a mobile phone than a toothbrush," Sherwood...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“The most recent piece of great advice was: “Practice and master the art of under-reaction.” That’s from Alan Horn, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, citing a Harvard Business School symposium.”

What or who inspires you?

“It’s corny, but I have several inspirations: my wife Karen, my two young boys, and the memory of my late father.”

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