Dana Walden is chairman of Disney General Entertainment Content (DGE) overseeing the creation of original entertainment and news programming for the Company’s streaming platforms Disney+, Hulu and Star, and its broadcast and cable networks. Walden is responsible for an extensive portfolio of content brands including ABC Entertainment, ABC News, Disney Branded Television, Freeform, FX, Hulu Originals, National Geographic Content and Onyx Collective. She also oversees Disney Television Studios, which include 20th Television, 20th Television Animation, ABC Signature and Walt Disney Television Alternative.
Under Walden’s oversight, DGE creates over 4,500 hours of programming a year across more than 300 programs of all genres. The creative brands across DGE are at the forefront of groundbreaking storytelling, captivating audiences and generating critical acclaim.
Walden joined The Walt Disney Company three years ago and most recently served as chairman of Entertainment for Walt Disney Television. Under her leadership, ABC became the No. 1 entertainment network for three consecutive seasons – the first time that has happened in 25 years. Since she began overseeing Hulu’s signature Original series in 2019, the streamer has seen record viewership for such hits as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Only Murders in the Building” and “The Kardashians.” During her tenure at The Walt Disney Company, the areas under her oversight have collectively earned an impressive 270 Emmy® nominations.
Walden previously served as chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, which included Fox Broadcasting Company, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox 21 Television Studios, Fox Consumer Products and the syndication supplier, 20th Television. In the four years she oversaw Fox Broadcasting Company, she took the network from fourth place to first.
During her 25 years at 21st Century Fox, the studios overseen by Walden amassed 184 Emmy wins, 29 Golden Globes®, 17 Screen Actors Guild Awards and 24 Peabody Awards and Humanitas Prizes. Additionally, Walden was responsible for hit after hit, from the No. 1 broadcast hits, like “This Is Us” and “Empire,” to multiple Emmy Award winners “Modern Family” and “Homeland.” She’s also overseen the long and successful partnership between 20th Television and FX and FX Productions.
In 2021, Walden was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business. She has received the National Association of Television Program Executive’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award and was named MIPCOM’s Personality of the Year. She sits on the board of directors for Live Nation Entertainment, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Saban Free Clinic of Los Angeles. Additionally, she is a member of USC’s President’s Leadership Council and the President’s Circle of the NAACP.