The Walt Disney Company has formed an integrated global television distribution unit that will swing into action after Disney-ABC Worldwide Television president Laurie Younger retires at the end of her current contract in January 2008. Younger says she will assist in the transition to the new corporate structure.
The new unit combines several existing distribution-focused departments under the leadership of Ben Pyne, who has been named president of global distribution at Disney-ABC Worldwide Television & Disney Media Networks.
In his new role Pyne, who formerly served as president of Disney & ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing, will assume chief responsibility for the international distribution and sales of Disney’s portfolio of entertainment and news content. He will also oversee domestic distribution of the company’s television content handled by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, and will add ABC Television Network’s Affiliate Relations department to his purview.
Additionally, David Preschlack has been promoted to EVP of Disney & ESPN Networks Affiliate Sales and Marketing, with oversight of Pyne’s previous areas of responsibility.