ABC News President Ben Sherwood Picked to Succeed Anne Sweeney as President of Disney/ABC Television Group

ABC News President Ben Sherwood will replace Anne Sweeney as co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Sweeney recently announced that she is leaving her position early next year to pursue a new career path in the industry.

"Ben is one of those unique executives who combine rich creative experience with great business acumen," said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "He's also focused, strategic, and competitive, as evidenced by the success of GMA, the Yahoo deal that delivered ABC News online dominance, and his vision behind our new cable and digital joint venture, Fusion."

In addition to his role as the president of ABC News, Sherwood is also an award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and digital media entrepreneur.

He is the author of two best-selling novels, The Man Who Ate the 747 and The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.

His latest novel, The Survivors Club, is a non-fiction book that explores the science and secrets of who bounces back from everyday adversity and who doesn't.

The Life of Death of Charlie St. Cloud was adapted into the film Charlie St. Cloud in 2010, starring Zac Efron.

Sherwood began his journalistic career in 1989 as an investigative associate producer for ABC News' PrimeTime Live. He left ABC in 1997 but returned in 2004 as an executive producer for Good Morning America. He was named president of ABC News in December 2010.

Sherwood is beginning his transition as Co-President, Disney/ABC Television Group effective immediately, and will continue to oversee ABC News until a successor is named.


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