Our Executive Team
Joe Earley is the President of Direct-to-Consumer, Disney Entertainment, where he leads efforts to expand and elevate the company’s best-in-class streaming services, utilizing the impactful and resonant programming and engagement offerings across Disney+ and Hulu.
Earley joined Disney in January 2019 to oversee Disney+ marketing and operations in the leadup to its hugely successful November launch that year, adding responsibility for content curation in 2021 as the service expanded to dozens of markets worldwide. He most recently served as President of Hulu, a role he was named to in January 2022.
Before joining Disney, Joe served as president of The Jackal Group, where he oversaw all areas of the studio’s television, film, commercial theater and digital divisions, with productions ranging from “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” on Netflix to the MGM animated feature film “The Addams Family.”
Prior to The Jackal Group, Joe was a Fox executive for over two decades, including as Chief Operating Officer for Fox Television Group, where he had direct oversight of marketing and communications, digital, research, talent relations, scheduling and audience strategy at Fox Broadcasting Company, while partnering with 20th Century Fox Television’s development, production, business affairs, marketing and finance leads on strategic initiatives, and overseeing publicity and talent relations at the studio. Before that, Joe was COO of Fox Broadcasting Company, where he played a key management role in all areas of the network, including development, casting and programming, and prior to that, he was President of Marketing & Communications for the network, having risen through the ranks from his start as Senior Publicist in 1994. Before joining FOX, Joe spent several years in Media Relations at HBO. He began his entertainment career in production and development with producer Gale Anne Hurd.
A member of ATAS and PGA, and native of Chicago, Joe holds a B.A. in Mass Communications from UCLA.
Head of Communications, Direct-To-Consumer
As Head of Communications for Direct-To-Consumer, April Carretta leads communications for The Walt Disney Company’s portfolio of direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including corporate and brand communications, public relations, crisis communications, and incident management as well as internal employee communications.
April previously led communications for Platform Distribution at Disney, including global theatrical film distribution and box office communications, global content sales and licensing, third-party platform and partnerships, affiliate marketing for direct-to-consumer services and linear media networks, and other Disney properties including Disney Music Group and the El Capitan Theater.
Prior to joining Disney, April spearheaded integrated marketing communications and strategic partnerships at Twentieth Century Fox. She managed a global team and oversaw all aspects of global communications for the in-home and new and emerging technology division, including the Fox Innovation Lab and FoxNext.
A seasoned communications executive with over 20 years of experience, April has also pioneered innovative, consumer-centric marketing, and global communication strategies for top companies including Edelman and Sony Pictures.
April earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Public Relations, and Journalism from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Senior Vice President, Viewer Experience
Arun Chandra is the Senior Vice President of Viewer Experience (VX) at Disney Streaming, overseeing all support channels for subscribers globally across Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+. He leads the development and execution of frictionless self-service and seamless assisted support strategies to deliver an industry leading experience for Disney Streaming’s viewers. His team manages all aspects of internal and outsourced VX operations, including VX technology roadmaps, data analytics, insights, launches, business operations, partner management, training, quality, and workforce management for the large workforce that supports our subscribers.
Prior to joining Disney, Chandra served as VP of Scaled Operations at Meta, where he led the team that handled millions of transactions daily for multiple lines of business including customer support, commerce, payments, integrity, and labeling to serve Facebook’s vast community. Before his role at Meta, Chandra was the SVP of Global Operations at HP Enterprise, where he spearheaded the global supply chain and customer operations to drive revenue, cost, and customer experience for the company. He also led Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives and was the executive sponsor and ally for the Women@ ERGs at both Meta and HPE.
He currently serves in advisory roles for multiple educational non-profits and is a member of the Board of Directors at Saint Francis High School as well as the Advisory Board at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. Chandra holds a MS in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Santa Clara University and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Senior Vice President, Marketing
Scott Donaton is the Senior Vice President and Head of Marketing at Hulu, where he leads oversight of all marketing strategy across the SVOD and Live TV businesses. Donaton leads a team of marketers who are responsible for subscriber acquisition, engagement and retention, brand marketing, media, creative, brand partnerships and consumer research and insights. Scott previously served as Hulu’s Head of Creative, where he oversaw the company’s creative studio, Greenhouse. In that role, Scott drove deliverables across every touch point of the consumer experience, and launched the industry’s first-ever branded entertainment function that designs and delivers creative opportunities for advertising partners in streaming TV.
Prior to Hulu, Donaton served as the Global Chief Creative & Content Oﬃcer at Digitas, leading the agency’s worldwide creative practice including its campaign, content, experience design and production capabilities. Donaton also served as Head of Content for The Americas for Publicis Media and was chief architect of the Digitas NewFront.
Before joining Digitas, Donaton was Global Chief Content Oﬃcer at Interpublic Group’s UM and head of UM Studios, where he led a team of award-winning content strategists and producers who developed creative programs and innovative experiences for clients including Chrysler, Coca-Cola, J&J, BMW and Sony. Prior to UM, Donaton founded Ensemble, an Interpublic Group content studio, where he served as CEO from 2009 till 2013.
Donaton coined the phrase “Madison & Vine”, and is the author of a book by the same name. The book helped launch the branded-content revolution by declaring the entertainment and advertising industries need to converge to survive. Donaton also served as publisher of Entertainment Weekly and before that, was at Advertising Age, where he served as its editor for more than a decade before becoming publisher.
Donaton has won numerous advertising awards, including the Cannes Lions, Clios, D&AD and London International Advertising Awards. He was inducted into AAF’s prestigious Advertising Hall of Achievement, and was once honored as one of the “21 Most Intriguing People in Media.” Donaton served as president of the Entertainment jury at Cannes in 2013 and 2019, and is the current president of the AICP Branded Content & Entertainment jury. He is also known for his industry thought-leadership, which has been published in numerous media outlets including Fast Company, Adweek, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Ad Age and MediaPost.
President, ABC Entertainment, Hulu & Disney Branded Television Streaming Originals
Craig Erwich is President, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, leading development & strategy for Hulu’s original series and ABC Entertainment. Since joining the team in April 2014, Craig has overseen the straight-to-series orders for Hulu’s premium slate of originals including the Emmy® and Golden Globe Award®-winning The Handmaid’s Tale, the first-ever series on a streaming service to take home both awards in the drama series category; as well Golden Globe Award-winning series Ramy, Emmy® Award-nominated series including The Looming Tower, Catch-22, Castle Rock, and Pen15 alongside recent hit series Little Fires Everywhere, Normal People, The Great, Dollface, Shrill.
With over 20 years of experience in television development, Craig previously served as the EVP of Warner Horizon Television (WHTV), a division of Warner Bros. Television Group, where he oversaw development, production and business operations. Before joining WHTV, he served as EVP of Programming at FOX Broadcasting Company for 12 years where he was instrumental in the development of hit series such as 24, House, Prison Break and The O.C.
Senior Vice President, Live TV Content Programming and Partnerships
Reagan Feeney is the SVP of Live TV Content Programming and Partnerships at Hulu. In her role, she is responsible for setting the vision and strategic direction for live TV distribution, including managing partnerships with national channels, regional sports networks, and local broadcast affiliates. Reagan’s team also leads the strategy and execution of live news, sports, events, and programming made available for Hulu on-demand subscribers, along with premium add-ons, ESPN+ on Hulu, and ABC News Live specials.
Previously, Reagan was VP of content at AT&T’s DirecTV, where she was responsible for identifying and negotiating general entertainment and sports programming acquisitions, as well as maintaining external business relationships for linear cable channels, out-of-market sports subscription packages, regional sports networks and on-demand sports content. She originally joined DirecTV’s programming acquisitions in 1997.
Reagan holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Boston College.
Executive Vice President, Product, UX & Design, Disney Streaming
Jerrell Jimerson is Executive Vice President, Product, Disney Streaming, where he oversees all aspects of product, UX, and design for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, including Disney+, Hulu, and Star+.
Jerrell joined The Walt Disney Company in 2018 and is responsible for leading the vision, strategy, and execution for the product management organization at Disney Streaming. Jerrell and his team have played a key role in the Company’s pivot into the direct-to-consumer space, including the launch of Disney+ in 2019 and Star+ in Latin America in 2021.
An early internet pioneer, Jerrell has been at the forefront at some of the biggest disruptions in tech over the last two decades. Early in his career, he was part of the team at Netscape that introduced Navigator and Netcenter, the first modern browser and one of the early online services, ushering in the web. Jerrell has also held senior leadership and product roles at Yahoo, PayPal, and iHeart Radio.
Jerrell holds several degrees and program certificates from universities including; B.S., Industrial Engineering and Operations Research University of California at Berkeley, Mastering Negotiation Columbia Executive Programs, Wharton Executive Education- University of Pennsylvania, Sloan School of Management – Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the MIT Executive Short Course in Corporate Strategy.
Deputy Chief Counsel
Angie Kang Park is the Deputy Chief Counsel of Hulu, where she oversees the company’s legal and business affairs matters. Since starting at Hulu about a decade ago, Angie has led numerous high profile deals and initiatives that have grown Hulu’s content library to include some of the most in-demand, premium content in the market.
Before Hulu, Angie was an Associate at Latham & Watkins, where she was responsible for mergers and acquisitions, public company representation and corporate finance transactions across a wide range of industries including technology, media and entertainment.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Policy Studies from UCLA and a J.D. from The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
Executive Vice President of Data
Jaya Kolhatkar is Executive Vice President of Data, overseeing customer intelligence and all data and analytics related efforts at Disney Streaming. In her role, she is responsible for elevating customer intelligence, implementing strong data governance and driving a culture of objective, data-driven decision making.
Prior to joining Hulu, Kolhatkar served as the SVP of Global Data and Analytics Platforms at WalmartLabs where she built data and analytic platforms that provided data and tools for making business decisions at Walmart Inc. Kolhatkar joined WalmartLabs in 2013 as part of the acquisition of predictive analytics firm, Inkiru, where she was the Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder.
Before WalmartLabs, Kolhatkar worked in analytics roles at PayPal, eBay and Amazon.
Kolhatkar holds a Master of Business Administration from Villanova University and is based in Los Angeles, CA.
President, Marketing, Disney General Entertainment
Shannon Ryan is president of Content Marketing for Hulu and General Entertainment. In this role, Ryan oversees all marketing, publicity and communications strategies for Hulu Originals, ABC Entertainment, Freeform and ABC News, including media, creative, social, digital, publicity, talent relations and awards. She also oversees the communications and marketing teams for Disney Television Studios, which includes 20th Television, 20th Television Animation and ABC Signature, managing the marketing, publicity, corporate communications, events, talent relations and awards strategies of the three entities. Ryan joined The Walt Disney Company after serving as the chief marketing officer of the Fox Television Group, a post she had held since 2015.
Under Ryan’s leadership, ABC Entertainment regained and holds the title of No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49 for two consecutive seasons – the first time that has happened in 25 years. ABC delivered last fall’s No. 1 new series with “Big Sky” – the network’s most successful new drama in two years – along with three of the top five entertainment series across broadcast and cable with “Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette.” Additionally, for the first time in its 18-year history, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” beat NBC’s “The Tonight Show” in Total Viewers. On the awards front, ABC has amassed 85 Emmy® nominations and six wins, including two back-to-back Outstanding Variety Special (Live) wins for the critically acclaimed “Live in Front of a Studio Audience.”
Since Ryan’s arrival at Hulu overseeing the platform’s Originals marketing, the growing slate of Hulu Original series have seen a 15% lift in active subscriber engagement and a 6% lift in hours watched, driving record viewership for the fourth season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Original Films “Run” and “Happiest Season” in addition to season-over-season growth for comedy series “Pen15.” In 2021, Hulu Originals earned 25 Emmy nominations across three titles, including a record 21 nominations for “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the platform’s first-ever Outstanding Comedy series nomination for “Pen15.” Additionally, Hulu Originals received 10 Golden Globe® nominations across five titles including “The Great,” “Ramy,” “Normal People,” “Palm Springs” and “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.” This was the first Golden Globe nomination and win for a Hulu Original film, and also marked Hulu history as the most nominations the company has received.
Ryan and her team have also been instrumental in Freeform’s ongoing success as the No. 1 primetime cable network in entertainment among women 18-34. The young adult brand recently launched the breakout hit “Cruel Summer,” which quickly became the most-engaged new scripted cable series on social media as well as the network’s most-watched series ever across platforms. The network also recently earned its first Emmy nomination for hit comedy series “grown-ish,” which is cable’s No. 1 live-action comedy series among Adults 18-34.
While overseeing ABC News over the past year, the multi-award-winning brand received 22 News and Documentary Emmy nominations across 15 categories in 2021 – up from nine the previous year, more than doubling the news division’s showing from last season. Furthermore, “World News Tonight with David Muir” regularly ranks as the No. 1 program on all U.S. broadcast and cable television in Total Viewers, and “Good Morning America” ranks as the No. 1 morning newscast in Total Viewers. Also, for the first time in its 24-year history, “The View” ranked No. 1 for the season in Households and Total Viewers among the daytime network and syndicated talk shows and news programs.
Additionally, Ryan and her team oversees marketing and publicity for the Onyx Collective, a new content brand designed to curate premium entertainment by creators of color and underrepresented voices. Questlove’s award-winning documentary “Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” served as the first project to be released under the banner to much critical acclaim.
On the studio side, Ryan oversees the strategy behind Disney Television Studios’ awards dominance, with 42 recent Emmy nominations including an historic nomination for Mj Rodriguez, the first transgender nominee for the best actress category in Emmy history. During Ryan’s tenure (since November 2015), the studio has scored 224 Emmy nominations and 23 wins, 17 Golden Globe nods and three wins, and four AFI awards among numerous other honors.
As chief marketing officer for the Fox Television Group, Ryan oversaw all creative, media, social, digital and affiliate marketing, as well as strategy, brand partnerships, publicity, corporate communications, creative services and talent relations. During her tenure, the FOX network’s multiplatform viewership grew by +19%. In her final year in this role, she and her team launched the No. 1 broadcast entertainment show and the No. 1 new show of the season, “The Masked Singer,” as well as hits “9-1-1,” “The Resident” and “The Orville.”
Prior to her promotion to chief marketing officer, Ryan was executive vice president, Marketing & Communications, for FTG, responsible for overseeing the company’s earned media strategy – including publicity, corporate communications, talent relations, creative services, special events, experiential marketing and off-air content teams. From 2011 to 2015, she was executive vice president of Marketing & Communications for FOX. Throughout her career at the network, she has overseen campaigns for such noteworthy programs as “Empire,” “Glee,” “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Grease: Live,” “The X-Files,” “The Last Man on Earth,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “New Girl,” “The Mindy Project,” “American Idol,” “House,” “Arrested Development,” “Masterchef” and “24.”
Ryan was recently chosen as one of Adweek’s 30 Standout CMO’s and celebrated by Variety as a “campaign czar” in their Digital Marketing Impact Report. In 2016, the national advocacy organization Girls Inc. honored Ryan for her leadership role and commitment to mentorship and inspiring the next generation of female leaders. She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University.
Vice President, Human Resources
Judy Schwab is a seasoned HR executive with over twenty years of Human Resources experience in various industry-leading organizations.
She is currently the Head of HR for Disney DTC Streaming businesses (ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu). Judy has been a key executive leadership team member since Jan. 2018. She has been instrumental in building the workforce and leading all talent initiatives, including the successful integrations of BamTech Media and Hulu. As of the Fall of 2022, she oversees a sizeable global workforce of over 4.6k and manages a team of 80.
Before Disney, Judy led HR for several divisions of Nuance Communications, a highly acquisitive and leading software and services company based on speech automation and machine learning. Microsoft has since acquired Nuance.
Before Nuance, Judy held HR and Compensation leadership roles at I.D. Systems, a start-up RFID company, and Pfizer, Inc. She began her HR career at Coach, Inc., helping to drive its highly successful IPO in 2001.
Judy has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University and is a Westchester County, NY resident.
Senior Vice President, Content Partnerships, Acquisitions & Scheduling
Lauren Tempest is the SVP of Content Partnerships, Acquisitions, and Scheduling at Hulu, where she leads the team that acquires and manages the platform’s robust library of original and licensed programming. Lauren works closely with The Walt Disney Company’s content engines, including Disney Television Studios (Hulu Originals, ABC Signature, and 20th Television), FX Productions, 20th Century Studios and Searchlight Pictures and other third party studios to deliver the most in-demand titles to consumers.
Lauren’s team is responsible for bringing award-winning, buzz-worthy content to Hulu, including series like Modern Family, Love Island and the critically-acclaimed fan-favorite Schitt’s Creek. She continues to drive the expansion of the Hulu content library, which includes more than 70,000 TV episodes and movies, cementing Hulu as a premiere streaming destination for every type of viewer.
Lauren was at NBCUniversal before joining Hulu, where she managed acquisitions across several of their cable networks. Lauren holds a BA cum laude in History from Bates College in Maine.
Senior Vice President, Finance
Lukas Wickart is the Senior Vice President of Finance for The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video streaming businesses, leading Finance for Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Star+. He joined Disney through the acquisition of Hulu, where he was the Vice President of Finance for Hulu’s Subscription Business, overseeing all financial activities related to the company’s revenue generation including subscriber growth, marketing and advertising sales.
Prior to his time at Disney and Hulu, Lukas was the Chief Financial Officer of Daimler’s digital retailing platform AutoGravity, where he led multiple adjacent growth investments to secure Daimler’s leadership position in the future of transportation services along with building the company’s direct to consumer business. Lukas launched his career as a project leader with The Boston Consulting Group, where he advised leading Fortune 500 corporations on strategy development with focus on business expansion.
Lukas holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of St. Gallen. He served in the Swiss Air Force and holds a Commercial Pilots License.