Dana Walden
Courtesy of Disney
United States
2021

The Walt Disney Company

Dana
Walden

Chairman, General Entertainment Content

One of the most powerful TV executives has been busy overhauling management of ABC’s entertainment operations, the 20th Television studio and Hulu’s original content operations. Last December, Walden shifted veteran network programmer Karey Burke from president of ABC Entertainment to the top job at 20th Television, while Hulu original content chief Craig Erwich took on additional oversight of ABC entertainment programming. The manager shuffle reflects the broader realignment at Disney to prioritize production activity to fuel the growth of Disney+, Hulu and future streaming platforms. Walden’s units have been signing content pacts with creatives at a rapid clip. In May, Walden unveiled Onyx Collective, a content brand to support creators of color, with their works to be showcased on Hulu. In June 2022, she replaced Peter Rice as chairman of general entertainment content.

Career

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

Education

  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Dana Walden and Peter Rice: Meet the Media Heavyweights Behind Disney's Major Shakeup

Dana Walden and Peter Rice: Meet the Media Heavyweights Behind Disney's Major Shakeup

After the shocking news that Peter Rice has been ousted as the head of TV content for Disney, and will be replaced by his top lieutenant, Dana Walden, media insiders are left scratching their heads and speculating about the behind-the-scenes dealmaking taking place. For the uninitiated, Variety has put together a primer on the incoming and outgoing heads of Disney television.Peter Rice*Bio:Born and raised in the U.K., Rice's family was close to Rupert Murdoch’s family, which lead to a Fox...

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