Craig Hunegs is leaving Disney.
The president of leisure at Walt Disney Tv has opted to go away the conglomerate after two years with the corporate. Sources say the Warner Bros. TV alum will pursue new alternatives after seeing his position considerably modified over the previous 12 months as Disney reorganized its govt ranks to streamline content material teams in a bid to prioritize streaming. Hunegs will stay with Disney via the tip of the upfronts-heavy month. Walt Disney TV leisure chairman Dana Walden — who introduced the information in a memo to workers Wednesday — is anticipated to call a substitute for Hunegs within the coming months.
Hunegs joined Disney from Warners in March 2019 in a newly created position as president of Disney TV Studios, the merged shingle that homes former Fox belongings together with twentieth Tv and the previous Fox 21 (now Touchstone TV). His tasks modified in December after Disney reorganized its exec ranks, shifting ABC leisure president Karey Burke to twentieth and giving the community to Hulu’s Craig Erwich. With the studio consolidation — which included Touchstone being merged into twentieth — Hunegs’ duties shifted to working straight with Walden as president of leisure for Walt Disney Tv.
For the previous six months, Hunegs has overseen a centralized enterprise affairs, manufacturing, casting and inventive expertise improvement and inclusion team, whereas additionally overseeing twentieth Animation and a newly shaped unscripted division. The enterprise and monetary oversight that Hunegs beforehand had was transferred to the Disney Media and Leisure Distribution Group, overseen by Kareem Daniel. That left much less of a task for Hunegs.
Sources word that Walden was eager to maintain Hunegs within the Disney fold, however the latter exec opted to pursue new alternatives after shedding oversight of one of many business’s greatest TV studios.
Hunegs is the newest high-level exec to depart Disney because of its restructuring. Former Fox 21 topper Bert Salke and a number of other different veteran ABC staffers additionally left or noticed their jobs eradicated as a part of the reorg that shifted the corporate’s longtime legacy construction in favor of centralized teams centered on content material.
Right here’s Walden’s memo to workers:
I’m writing to you at present to share the information that Craig Hunegs has determined to step down as President, Leisure, Walt Disney Tv. With the reorganization at our firm, his tasks have modified and his new position is not the one he joined The Walt Disney Company to pursue.
We’ve achieved a lot over the past two years as we’ve reinvented our section, pivoting from a conventional media model to a content-first leisure firm constructed for the longer term and Craig has performed a robust management position in our development and evolution. He’s a gifted govt, who has additionally completed a wonderful job of thoughtfully main our groups throughout two years of serious change at our firm and in our business, particularly in efficiently guiding our productions safely via the COVID disaster. Moreover, he’s been a champion of the necessary work being completed throughout DGE to create a extra inclusive tradition.
I’m grateful for Craig’s contributions to our success and he’s leaving at a time of nice energy for our group. He has been a trusted and valued colleague to me and to so many people, and he might be missed.
Craig will be with us till the tip of Could to make sure a easy transition and we’ll establish a successor within the coming months. In the meantime, please be part of me in wishing Craig the perfect as he embarks on his subsequent journey.