Dana Walden has seen a lot of major changes during her time in the entertainment industry and she doesn’t see things slowing down any time soon. The Chairman of Entertainment at Walt Disney Television talked up the new opportunities for smaller production companies and young, diverse voices over the next ten years in a wide-ranging interview at the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business conference. She also discussed how Covid has impacted the television business and Walt Disney’s television operation and talked about the importance of gut feeling in a data-driven world. She also revealed how she got Peter Chernin’s attention 25 years ago. Walden said it was “hard to imagine” what the industry will look like in ten years as “change is happening so rapidly”. “Our business right now is in a little bit of a period of contraction. We’re seeing the bigger companies that are growing and acquiring different littler companies and trying to make sense of ‘How can a Netflix control all of the shows that it distributes on its own platform’, which is creating a little bit of a disadvantage for production companies that want to stay independent. Whether it’s Disney or Amazon or Warner Bros. with… Read full this story
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