Disney General Entertainment (DGE) proudly announces the writers selected for its 2023 Writing Program and names the recipients of Disney Branded Television’s Eunetta T. Boone Comedy Writer’s Scholarship, established in 2020 by Disney Channel in honor of the late writer/producer for diverse and aspiring comedy writers. Now in its 33rd year, Disney Creative Talent Development & Inclusion’s one-year writing program is a highly selective initiative which helps participants secure their first TV staff writer assignments on a DGE series. The program also provides participants with mentorship, advanced professional development and access to DGE’s creative executives, producers, showrunners and program alumni. Formerly known as the Disney|ABC Writing Program and the Walt Disney Television Writing Program, it is widely recognized as one of the entertainment industry’s most successful of its type, with a 100% annual television staffing rate for over a decade. It has served as a launching pad for the many successful storytellers creating content for the Company’s broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.
The Walt Disney Company won 16 Emmy® Awards this weekend at the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy Awards across its content brands and studios: Disney Branded Television, Disney Junior, Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television, Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Studios. Disney’s streaming platforms Disney+ and Hulu earned 13 wins and one, respectively. A complete list of Disney’s Emmy Award wins follows: Sneakerella (Disney+/Disney Branded Television) 4 wins
Disney General Entertainment Content (DGE) has selected the participants in its 2022-2023 DGE Directing Program. For the second consecutive year, the program will guarantee episodes to first-time television directors on a DGE scripted series. Launched in 2001 and run by DGE’s Creative Talent Development & Inclusion (CTDI) department, the DGE Directing Program previously provided access, mentorship, shadowing assignments and advanced professional development to directors on the cusp of episodic television directing. In partnership with participating Disney series, this year’s program will commit episodes to directors on the following shows: “BUNK’D” (Disney Branded Television), “The Chi” (20th Television), “General Hospital” (ABC), “The Good Doctor” (ABC/ABC Signature), “The Rookie” (ABC/ABC Signature), “Single Drunk Female” (Freeform/20th Television) and “The Villains of Valley View” (Disney Branded Television). This is the first year the program will commit directing assignments within the ABC daytime scripted space (“General Hospital”).
The Walt Disney Company today received 86 nominations in the inaugural Children’s & Family Emmy® Awards across its content brands and studios: Disney Branded Television, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television, Lucasfilm Ltd., Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Studios. Disney’s streaming platforms Disney+ and Hulu earned 62 and seven nominations, respectively. A complete list of nominations follows below: The Mysterious Benedict Society (Disney+/20th Television/Disney Branded Television) 11 nominations
National Geographic Content announces the expansion of its National Geographic Media Scholarship program to include six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that will receive $10,000 scholarships for each school. Currently in its second year, National Geographic will provide a $10,000 scholarship to a qualified student who is interested in an opportunity to explore careers in factual storytelling and filmmaking, and attend one of the following HBCUs: Texas Southern University, Grambling State University, Spelman College, Howard University, Alcorn State University and Virginia State University.
National Geographic Content and National Geographic Society announce the third year of its Field Ready Program aimed to promote diversity and inclusion in global unscripted television production for historically underrepresented creators and storytellers interested in working behind the camera in natural history, science and exploration filmmaking. The announcement was made by National Geographic Content President Courteney Monroe ahead of the global brand’s appearance at Wildscreen Festival 2022 held in Bristol, UK, Oct. 10-14. “We are thrilled to welcome the third-year cohort of our Field Ready Program,” said Monroe “As leaders in global unscripted content production, we are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion behind the camera, particularly in natural history filmmaking, a genre that has notably lacked diverse voices. We are proud to partner with our colleagues at the National Geographic Society to provide diverse emerging talent with access to training, mentorship, and practical in-field experience across our global productions.”
Collectively, Disney General Entertainment (DGE) has won 19 News & Documentary Emmy® Awards across content brands and studios ABC News, FX, Hulu and National Geographic. Disney General Entertainment’s total wins are listed below: “20/20” (ABC News) 3 Wins Outstanding Edited Interview Episode: “Escape from a House of Horror” Outstanding Writing: News Episode: “Escape from a House of Horror” Outstanding Soft Feature Story: Long Form Episode: “The Babies of 9/11: Twenty Years Later”
The Walt Disney Company has won 26 Primetime Emmy® Awards across its content brands and studios, including ABC Entertainment, Disney+, Disney Television Studios’ 20th Television and ABC Signature, FX, FX Productions, Hulu Originals, Lucasfilm Ltd., Marvel Studios, National Geographic Content, Searchlight Television and Walt Disney Studios. Combined with last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmy wins and tonight’s broadcast, Disney’s streaming platforms earned a total of 19 wins, with Hulu and Disney+ receiving 10 and nine awards, respectively; and Disney Television Studios earned a total of 12 wins.
Three executives at Disney General Entertainment (DGE) have received expanded leadership roles, it was announced today by Dana Walden, chairman, Disney General Entertainment. The changes include the promotions of Craig Erwich to president, ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals; Shannon Ryan to president, Marketing, Disney General Entertainment; and Eric Schrier to the role of president, Disney Television Studios & Business Operations, Disney General Entertainment. All three will report to Walden.
Communications strategist Elita Fielder Adjei has been named vice president, Corporate Communications for National Geographic Content, which develops and produces premium, factual entertainment for Disney+ and National Geographic global linear networks. Adjei will report to both Courteney Monroe, president of National Geographic Content, and Charissa Gilmore, senior vice president of Corporate Communications, Disney General Entertainment. In this newly created role, Adjei will be responsible for the overall communications strategy that raises the profile of the brand and builds on its reputation as an award-winning provider of premium factual content. She will be responsible for leading internal communications for the organization, as well as external communications focused on driving alignment and integrated messaging around overall strategy and goals, DEI initiatives and internal culture. She will oversee executive communications, promoting the senior leadership and their work. She will collaborate closely with Pam Levine and her amazing team, who remain responsible for the marketing and publicity of the National Geographic programming.