It's only been a few hours since Anne Sweeney announced her intentions to resign from her senior role at
Holding the titles of co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, Sweeney is responsible for the
Sweeney has been with Disney almost 20 years and is its highest-ranking female executive. She also has oversight over ABC's stake in
While ABC gets the most attention, it is the smallest part of Sweeney's portfolio. She spends much of her time focused on the cable networks, which provide the bulk of the revenue of the unit she heads.
Although Sweeney isn't leaving for almost a year, Disney Chairman Bob Iger has indicated he'd like a successor in place this spring, which is when ABC will be figuring out its fall prime time schedule.
Among the names that surfaced as potential replacements were ABC News chief
Other people outside the Disney/ABC empire who are seen as having the chops for Sweeney's role include Gail Berman, a former
Whether Sweeney's leaving will also mean a change in stature for the well-regarded
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