Disney executive Tim McNeal has been named president of the Hollywood Broadcasting Corporation

Disney executive Tim McNeal has been named president of the Hollywood Broadcasting Corporation

Disney TV Studio’s Tim McNeal has been named the new president of the Hollywood Broadcasting Corporation.

HRTS CEO Melissa Grego and Acting President Odetta Watkins announced the new board Thursday.

McNeal, who is senior vice president of Creative Talent Development and Inclusion for Disney Television Studios, succeeds Amazon Studios’ Watkins as president of the organization. Watkins has chaired the society’s executive board since January 2021, leading the organization through industrial strikes and the launch of the HRTS Foundation.

“This is a significant moment in the history of HRTS and I am honored to serve in this important role,” McNeal said in a statement. “Also, during this time of tremendous change, I am excited about what the future holds, working alongside new President David Madden, Vice President Christina Davis, Treasurer Linnea McArt and members of the Board. Together, we will chart the next phase of our venerable organization in service of shaping a more equitable future for entertainment and meeting the growing demand of all members and the industry at large.”

McNeal was initially elected to the HRTS Board of Directors in 2023. He oversees the Creative Talent Development and Inclusion Team responsible for implementing new programs and initiatives, including building community relationships and tracking and reporting the company’s progress toward hiring more inclusive.

He previously was part of the programming team that launched The WB Television Network in 1995. As Vice President of Drama Development, McNeal oversaw groundbreaking series such as “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “7th Heaven” and ” Felicity” – all of which were instrumental in building the new network’s success

“I am humbled by the enthusiasm of our elected officers for this organization and its future,” added Grego. “Each brings important expertise, insight and relationships that make them uniquely positioned to help build the exciting and essential new era of HRTS. It is vitally important that we maintain the HRTS tradition of innovation to serve new and existing members amid the challenges we face as an industry.”

She added: “I also want to thank our departing officers who remain as board directors for their dedicated service to HRTS, especially Odetta who has helped lead our organization through a pandemic, several shutdowns work and an industry-wide transition period that we will do. you are all still fighting. In addition to her full-time role at Amazon Studios, Odetta has been unstoppable on behalf of HRTS and I have personally learned so much from her.”

All newly elected leaders will serve two-year terms to oversee the society.

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