Dana Walden
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Chairman, Disney Television Studios & ABC Entertainment

The former CEO and chairman of Fox Television Group now oversees Disney’s massive television studios enterprise — a newly fortified combination of ABC Studios, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios, as well major broadcaster ABC, cabler Freeform and streamer Hulu’s originals content team. Her track record at Fox runs deep — she eventually became head of the studio, with Gary Newman — having built 20th Century Fox TV and Fox 21 into a magnet for the creatives behind such hits as “American Horror Story,” “Modern Family” “Homeland” and “This Is Us.” On that ride, she took Fox from fourth place to top of the pack and launched series including “9-1-1,” “The Resident,” “Empire” and “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell and Back.”


  • 20th Century Fox Television
  • FOX Entertainment
  • Bender/Helper Impact


  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • Showman of the Year
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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Dana Walden on the Importance of Female Leadership

Dana Walden on the Importance of Female Leadership

Disney-ABC executive Dana Walden expressed the significance of women in leadership roles and her commitment to helping fund cancer research in her speech at Variety's Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime.“It’s impossible to overstate the importance to young women how important it is to see female leaders,” Walden said.


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