FX Entertainment’s Eric Schrier Named Head of Disney TV Studios
FX Entertainment President Eric Schrier has been promoted to the newly created role of President of Disney Television Studios and Business Operations for Disney General Entertainment.
Along with the promotion, it was also announced that Bryan Noon would step down from his role as President of Entertainment for Walt Disney Television, but would remain on board for a transition period. Noon came to Disney from Netflix in November 2021.
Schrier’s promotion was one of three announced by Dana Walden, president of Disney General Entertainment Content. It was also announced that Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu, has added Disney-branded TV broadcast originals to his jurisdiction. Additionally, Shannon Ryan has been named President of Marketing for Disney General Entertainment. All three will report to Walden.
“I am incredibly fortunate to work with some of the best executives in our industry, and Craig, Shannon and Eric are exactly that – the best,” Walden said in a statement. “They are proven leaders with both incredible creative sensibilities and business acumen. Plus, they have a long and impressive track record of supporting their teams and our incredible creative partners to do their best.
In his new role, Schrier will oversee 20th Television, 20th Television Animation and ABC Signature. 20th President of Television Karey Burke, 20th Executive Vice President of Television Animation Marci Proietto, President of ABC Signature Jonnie Davis and Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Operations of Disney General Entertainment Trisha Husson will now all report to Schrier.
With the move, Schrier leaves FX after more than two decades with the network, where he worked closely with longtime FX boss John Landgraf. The position of president of FX Entertainment was created for Schrier in 2019 when he, Nick Grad and Gina Balian all signed new deals. During his time at FX, he worked on over 100 original series, including hit shows like “Nip/Tuck”, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”, “Archer”, “Sons of Anarchy”, “Justified “, “The Americans”. ‘, ‘Atlanta’, ‘Fargo’ and more recent entries like ‘Snowfall’ and ‘The Bear’.
Leaving FX ultimately makes sense for Schrier, given Disney’s emphasis on streaming on linear channels and FX’s position as a major source for Hulu following the 21st Century Fox-Disney merger. Grad and Balian are already Co-Presidents of Original Programming at FX Entertainment and will now report directly to Landgraf, reducing redundancy at the top of the FX platform.
Promoting Schrier, Erwich and Ryan are the first managerial moves Walden has made since taking up her new role in June following the surprise ousting of Peter Rice. She oversees ABC Entertainment, ABC News, Disney Branded Television, Disney Television Studios, Freeform, FX, Hulu Originals, National Geographic Content and Onyx Collective, reporting directly to Disney CEO Bob Chapek.