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Ben Pyne to leave Disney after 25 years

Disney’s longtime head of TV distribution, Ben Pyne has decided to relinquish his post that he held for  25 years.

Since 2007, Pyne served as president of Disney Media Distribution. In this period, he’s steered the company’s negotiations with MVPDs and streaming platforms and helped drive the company’s push into VOD amid a period of great transition for programmers and distributors.

“Ben’s reputation in our industry is second-to-none,” said Bruce Rosenblum, president of business operations for Disney/ABC TV Group. “What he’s built here at Disney and what he’s been able to accomplish over the past 25 years, is truly remarkable. While we’ll be sad to see him leave, we’re excited to see what his next chapter holds.”

Pyne joined Disney in 1992. He was part of the team that transitioned Disney Channel from a pay cable service to a commercial-free basic offering in the U.S., growing its base from 6.5 million subs to more than 100 million today

Disney expects to name Pyne’s successor by the time he exits in late summer.


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