Former Disney President to Speak at YSU Colloquium

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ben Sherwood, former co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, president of Disney ABC Television Group and president of ABC News, will give a presentation as part of Youngstown State University’s Thomas Colloquium Lecture Series at 7 p.m. March 11 at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Admission to the lecture is free, but tickets, available HERE, are required.

While at The Walt Disney Co., Sherwood oversaw a diverse portfolio of global entertainment and news properties, including the ABC Television Network, ABC News, the ABC-owned television stations, Disney Channels Worldwide, Freeform and Disney’s ownership interest in Hulu and the A&E Network.

He managed a $12 billion business with 12,000 employees responsible for the creation of more than 25,000 hours of original content every year and led the organization through a period of rapid disruption, with new streaming services and technology upending business models and consumer behavior.

In addition to his career in media, Sherwood is an author of fiction and nonfiction. In 2010, he wrote “The Survivors Club,” a New York Times bestseller about the science of overcoming extraordinary adversity. 

He has also written three successful novels, including “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” “The Man Who Ate the 747” and “Red Mercury,” each of which was optioned for a TV show or movie.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.