Disney TV’s Craig Hunegs to Step Down, Successor Yet to Be Named
After two years at the company, Walt Disney Television president of entertainment Craig Hunegs is departing the media giant at the end of May.
The decision to leave was Hunegs’, according to a source familiar with the matter, and follows Disney’s major reorganization last fall that realigned its businesses, splitting off its content creation team from its distribution and commercialization efforts into Disney General Entertainment Content and Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, respectively.
Calling Hunegs a “gifted executive,” Walt Disney Television Chairman of Entertainment Dana Walden told staff that the reorg meant changes to Hunegs’ duties and that his new role was “no longer the one he joined The Walt Disney Company to pursue.” The former Warner Bros. exec was first brought on to lead Disney Television Studios as president of the division, overseeing all studio operations. In December, another reshuffling transitioned him to oversee 20th Animation and a new unscripted production unit, in addition to business affairs, production, casting and inclusion.
It is unclear where the exec may land next, though he is not retiring, and will stay on through the end of the month in order to ensure a smooth transition. A successor has not yet been named, but one will be identified in the coming months. In the months since the reorg, Disney TV’s head of business operations Ravi Ahuja has also departed the company.
Read Walden’s full memo below:
I am writing to you today to share the news that Craig Hunegs has decided to step down as President, Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. With the reorganization at our company, his responsibilities have changed and his new role is no longer the one he joined The Walt Disney Company to pursue.
We’ve achieved so much over the last two years as we’ve reinvented our segment, pivoting from a traditional media brand to a content-first entertainment company built for the future and Craig has played a strong leadership role in our growth and evolution. He’s a gifted executive, who has also done an excellent job of thoughtfully leading our teams during two years of significant change at our company and in our industry, especially in successfully guiding our productions safely through the COVID crisis. Additionally, he’s been a champion of the important work being done across DGE to create a more inclusive culture.
I am grateful for Craig’s contributions to our success and he is leaving at a time of great strength for our organization. He has been a trusted and valued colleague to me and to so many of us, and he will be missed.
Craig will be with us until the end of May to ensure a smooth transition and we’ll identify a successor in the coming months. In the meantime, please join me in wishing Craig the very best as he embarks on his next adventure.
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