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Encyclopedia > Anne Sweeney
Anne Sweeney
Born: November 4, 1957
Kingston, New York
Occupation: Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of the Disney-ABC Television Group

Anne Sweeney, born November 4, 1957, in Kingston, New York, is the Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of the Disney-ABC Television Group. November 4 is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 57 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kingston is a city in Ulster County, New York, United States. ... November 4 is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 57 days remaining. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Kingston is a city in Ulster County, New York, United States. ...

Ms. Sweeney is a graduate of The College of New Rochelle and Harvard University. The College of New Rochelle is a private Catholic college with its main campus located in New Rochelle, New York. ... Harvard redirects here. ...

Named the “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by The Hollywood Reporter, one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune and one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes, Anne Sweeney serves as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president, Disney-ABC Television Group. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Fortune or fortune can refer to: Luck Wealth Fortune magazine The fortune Unix/Linux command, which prints a random quote Fortune (Metal Gear), a character from Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty. ... Forbes Building on Fifth Avenue in New York City Forbes is a publishing and media company. ...

In this role Ms. Sweeney is responsible for Disney’s entertainment and news television properties globally. These include the ABC Television Network, which encompasses ABC Entertainment, ABC Kids, ABC Daytime and ABC News; Touchstone Television; and Disney ABC Cable Networks Group, comprising Disney Channel Worldwide -- which has grown to 24 wholly-owned international channels -- Toon Disney, SOAPnet, ABC Family and Jetix. In addition she oversees Walt Disney Television Animation, Buena Vista Worldwide Television and Walt Disney Television International, and has responsibility for managing Disney’s equity interests in Lifetime Entertainment Services, A&E Television Networks and E! Entertainment Networks. 2002 identity of the ABC Circle logo, designed by Paul Rand in 1962. ... This article is about the American news organization. ... For the Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... An ident, usually shown at the top of the hour, or at the half-hour. ... ABC Family is an American cable television network currently owned by Disney/ABC. // History Beginnings The network was founded by Pat Robertson in April 1977 as CBN Cable, an arm of his Christian Broadcasting Network. ... Lifetime can refer to: Life expectancy, the length of time a person is alive One of the American media ventures owned by Lifetime Entertainment Services Lifetime (TV network), a cable television network Lifetime Movie Network, a cable movie network Lifetime (band), an American melodic hardcore punk band from New Jersey... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ... E! (Entertainment Television) is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ...

From October 2000 to April 2004, Ms. Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channel Worldwide. Under her leadership, Disney Channel more than quintupled its subscriber base with its mix of original series and movies and acquired programming. It is now available on basic cable in more than 87 million homes in the United States.

Ms. Sweeney also oversaw the successful launch of the 24-hour animation channel Toon Disney in April 1998, and built it to its current reach of more than 52 million homes in the United States. Less than two years later, in January 2000, she oversaw the launch of SOAPnet, the 24-hour soap opera network now seen in more than 47 million homes.

Ms. Sweeney joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks. Previously she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc., since 1993. During her tenure, she presided over the launch of two basic cable networks, FX, an entertainment network representing the most successful basic cable launch in history, and FXM: Movies from Fox, Hollywood’s first studio-based movie network. The Walt Disney Company (most commonly known as Disney) (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... FX may mean: effects, as in special effects, sound effects FedEx: IATA airline designator Foreign exchange, a banking term for changing money from one currency into another FX, a company based in Japan that manufactures high-quality bootleg anime DVDs FX, a hardware enthusiast variant of the AMD Athlon 64...

Before joining Fox, Ms. Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions, most recently as senior vice president of Program Enterprises. Among many accomplishments, she oversaw Nickelodeon’s international expansion, including launching the channel in the United Kingdom, resulting in a joint venture with [British Sky Broadcasting]. Nickelodeon redirects here. ... Nick at Nite is an evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon from 9 PM – 6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ...

Active in organizations both within and outside the cable industry, Ms. Sweeney is a board member of Lifetime Television, the Museum of Television & Radio, the Special Olympics and an honorary chair of Cable Positive. The Museum of Television and Radio (formerly The Museum of Broadcasting) has two locations, in New York City and Los Angeles, and both locations feature over 120,000 programs available for viewing on private consoles, as well as screening rooms and theatres. ... Special Olympics is an international organization created to help people with intellectual disabilities develop self-confidence and social skills through sports training and competition. ...

She was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable “Hall of Fame” in 2005, and was a recipient of the 2004 Muse Award from New York Women in Film & Television. Ms. Sweeney has been honored repeatedly by Women in Cable & Telecommunications -- as Executive of the Year in 1994, Woman of the Year in 1997, and in 1998 as the recipient of the Advocate Leader Award from WICT’s Southern California chapter. In 1995 she received the prestigious STAR Award from American Women in Radio and Television. She was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement in 1996. In 2002 she received Women in Film’s esteemed Lucy Award and has been awarded the Cable Television Public Affairs Association’s President’s Award.

Ms. Sweeney earned a BA degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University. Maura Lawn and Ursula Hall at the College of New Rochelles main campus in New Rochelle. ... Harvard redirects here. ...


  • The Wall Street Journal, 10APR2006, page A1
  • The Walt Disney Company - Anne Sweeney Executive Biography



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