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Ayo Davis Named President of Disney Branded Television

Ayo Davis has been named President of Disney Branded Television today by Peter Rice, Chairman Disney General Entertainment (DGE), to whom she will report. Davis takes on the creative and operational leadership of the content group at a time it is expanding its development and production of Disney branded programming for the company’s streaming service Disney+ and linear networks. Davis will work closely with Gary Marsh on a transition through the rest of the year following his announcement this week that he is leaving the president position to begin a production company focused on developing programming for DGE.
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Home Economics Season 2 Review: All You Should Know Before Watching It Without Spoilers

Home Economics is an American television dark comedy series. Michael Colton and John Aboud are the creators of the series. Jess Pineda and Kevin C. Slattery produce the series under production company The Tannenbaum Company, Lionsgate Television, and ABC Signature. The series is about three siblings who are grown up and have to face different problems in their lives.
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Ayo Davis To Succeed Gary Marsh As President Of Disney Branded Entertainment

Once again, Disney has reached within to fill a top job on the TV side. Ayo Davis, most recently EVP, Creative Development and Strategy for Disney Branded Entertainment, has been promoted to President of the division. Davis succeeds Gary Marsh, who is stepping down as President and Chief Creative Officer of Disney Branded Television, leaving the Disney executive ranks after 33 years to become a producer with a deal at the studio. This is the second big promotion in 10-month for Davis who had spent 18 years at Disney as a casting executive, most recently EVP, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment and...
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Ayo Davis takes charge of Disney Branded TV

Just days after Gary Marsh announced his departure, Disney Branded Television has upped Ayo Davis to president of the content division, putting her in charge of creative and operations. In her new role, Davis will oversee programming, strategy, casting, current series, development projects, business affairs and marketing for all content...
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Disney Branded TV appoints Ayo Davis as president

Disney Branded Television has found a new president in Ayo Davis, the company announced on Thursday (Sept. 23). Davis will take on the creative and operational leadership of the content group as it expands development and production of Disney-branded programming for Disney+ and linear networks. She’ll report to Peter Rice, Disney General Entertainment chairman.
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Ayo Davis Promoted to Run Disney Branded TV Division

The longtime Disney exec will replace Gary Marsh, who is exiting at year's end to focus on producing for the company. Ayo Davis continues to rise through the ranks at Disney. The longtime former casting exec has been promoted to serve as president of Disney Branded Television, replacing Gary Marsh in the role overseeing programming for kids and family for Disney+ and the company’s younger-focused linear channels.
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Baratunde Thurston’s Animated ‘How to Be Black’ Project in Development at ABC

Baratunde Thurston’s animated project “How to Be Black” has been put into development at ABC, hailing from 20th Television Animation and ABC Signature. Thurston, author of the memoir of the same name and podcast host of “How to Citizen with Baratunde,” will write and executive produce alongside Courtney Lilly, producer and writer known for “Arrested Development” and “The Cleveland Show,” who recently renewed his overall deal with ABC Signature. The bestselling book “How to Be Black” focuses on the community and family that raised a young Thurston in 1980s Washington, D.C. Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland will also executive produce via...
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Animated Series ‘How To Be Black’ From Baratunde Thurston & Courtney Lilly In The Works At ABC

Baratunde Thurston is adapting his memoir How To Be Black as an animated series for ABC. The Disney-owned network is developing the project with Thurston, host of the How To Citizen podcast, and Black-ish showrunner Lilly writing and exec producing. The project is also exec produced by Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland via Cinema Gypsy Productions. 20th Television Animation is the studio. Thurston’s memoir How to Be Black focuses on the community and family that raised a young Baratunde in 1980s Washington, D.C. Lilly, who renewed his overall deal with ABC Signature earlier this year, is currently showrunning Black-ish, which is in its eighth and final season. It marks a new move for ABC into the animated space; if the show is picked up, it would be the network’s first animated comedy series since The Goode Family in 2009. Thurston is represented by Avalon Management, Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham, and UTA. Lilly is repped by UTA, The Framework Collective (TFC) Management and Mckuin Frankel Whitehead LLP.
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‘Black-ish’ Producers Reteam for Animated Comedy at ABC

Members of the Black-ish producing team have set up a new project at ABC — this one an animated show. With the series entering its final season in 2022, showrunner Courtney Lilly and executive producers Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland are developing How to Be Black at the network. The project from 20th Television Animation and ABC Signature is based on Baratunde Thurston’s best-selling memoir of the same title. Thurston and Lilly will write the script for How to Be Black, which focuses on the community and family that raised a young Baratunde in the Washington, D.C., of the 1980s. Should the...
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What’s New to Streaming, Including ‘The Problem With Jon Stewart’ and the untitled Joan Rivers limited series

The Problem With Jon Stewart debuts globally on Apple TV+ Sept. 30, with new episodes premiering every other week. The series also airs a companion podcast every week. Episode topics will range from the struggle for comprehensive veteran care to supporting the working class. Problem is hosted and executive produced by Stewart through his Busboy Productions.
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