Business operations

Trisha Husson to lead strategy, business operations and finance at Disney TV

Trisha Husson has been promoted to head of business operations strategy and finance for Disney General Entertainment, the television creative unit of The Walt Disney Company. Following Husson’s elevation from DGE’s Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business, Eric Marcotte was promoted to Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Operations.

Disney General Entertainment manages content for The Walt Disney Company’s broadcast and cable networks and streaming platforms through the ABC Entertainment, ABC News, Disney Branded Television, Freeform, FX, Hulu Originals, Onyx Collective and National Geographic brands, and 20th Television and ABC Signature television studios.

Husson has indeed already done this day-to-day job after the departure of Ravi Ahuja, the former president of business operations and chief financial officer of Walt Disney Television, who announced his exit in November 2020.

In his newly cemented role, Husson, who will report to CEO Peter Rice, will oversee content research, news and programming, content rating, music business affairs and labor relations. She will lead the teams that provide holistic strategy, production financial planning, data-driven content analytics and operational guidance for DGE, which generates over 4,500 hours of programming annually. Husson will report in dotted lines to Disney Chief Financial Officer Christine McCarthy to align DGE’s financial management with the company’s strategic priorities.

Husson’s direct reports are Bob Barron (EVP & CFO, Disney Television Studios), Eric Marcotte (SVP, Business Strategy & Operations), Jane Gould (EVP, Content Overview & Programming Strategy), Peter DiCecco (EVP, Business Affairs music) and Marc Sandman (SVP, labor relations). Greg Richart and Karen Sack, who oversee finance and business planning within the content brand teams, will report to both Husson and Bryan Castellani, executive vice president of finance, platform distribution, ad sales. and networks for Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

As the new head of the Strategy and Business Operations team, Marcotte will support the creative and functional leadership of DGE with data-driven analytics, market assessments and operational strategies to inform investment planning in the content and to achieve segment-level business objectives. Sonia Joo, Michelle Yeung, Hsuan Taur and Michael Chernauskas report directly to him.

Husson was previously Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Operations for Fox Networks Group, where she was responsible for leading major strategic and growth initiatives for Fox Broadcasting, Fox Sports Media Group, FX Networks, National Geographic Networks, FNG International Channels, Twentieth Century Fox Television Studios and Hulu.

Marcotte was previously a member of the Fox Networks Group Strategy and Business Operations team, working with Husson and FNG management on strategic initiatives in broadcast, cable, studio and digital, including Hulu. .

“Trish is a fantastic, highly skilled and deeply experienced executive who has played a pivotal role in strategically and successfully helping us grow our production of the highest quality content,” Rice said Thursday. “Trish is a wonderful partner to our creative leaders and colleagues at The Walt Disney Company, and we are very fortunate to have her leading the strategy and business operations that support our world-class storytellers.”

Husson added, “I couldn’t be more excited to work with DGE’s phenomenal management team as they develop, produce and market an industry-leading portfolio of content at a time unprecedented demand and strong competition. I am honored to do so alongside the incredibly talented and experienced teams I have the privilege of leading. I am also delighted that Eric will be leading the Strategy and Business Operations team, continuing our long-standing partnership in which his insights and thought leadership have repeatedly proven invaluable in advancing DGE’s strategic and operational goals. .