Dana Walden
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United States

Walt Disney Television


Chairman, Entertainment

Known for a long track record of success, Walden has built the studios under her watch into magnets for A-list creatives like Ryan Murphy, Steven Levitan and Dan Fogelman, helping launch their series “American Horror Story,” “Modern Family” and “This Is Us,” respectively. Formerly chairman and CEO of 20th TV and the broader Fox TV Group, she became chairman of Disney TV Studios and ABC Entertainment in 2019, citing the company’s long and well-respected record of innovation as her motivation. A realignment of Disney’s content division in November left her with a new title and continued oversight of development and production operations of Disney TV Studios, Hulu Originals, ABC Entertainment and Freeform.


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


  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Dana Walden Says Disney Productions Are Among L.A.'s 'Safest Places' With Low COVID Rates

Dana Walden Says Disney Productions Are Among L.A.'s 'Safest Places' With Low COVID Rates

After adapting to COVID protocols last summer and fall, most of Disney's TV productions have maintained virus transmission rates of less than 1%, making them "some of the safest places" in Los Angeles, Disney TV chief Dana Walden told a group of Harvard University undergrads on Sunday.Walden held a virtual Q&A Sunday morning as part of the annual Intercollegiate Business Convention organized by Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. Walden, one of the highest-ranking executives in the content industry, was recognized...


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