April 30, 2009

Disney Media Networks Co-Chairman to Deliver Commencement Address

Anne Sweeney heads entertainment and news television for The Walt Disney Company


LOS ANGELES -- UCLA Anderson School of Management today announced that Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group, will address this year's MBA, Fully Employed MBA (FEMBA), and Ph.D. graduates on June 12, 2009. The ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. in Wilson Plaza on the UCLA campus.

"Anne Sweeney is a widely admired leader who has brought creative thinking and innovations to an industry that is in perpetual motion," said Judy Olian, dean of UCLA Anderson School of Management and John E. Anderson Chair in Management. "Her non-traditional career path to leadership of an entertainment and media giant, and the values that have guided her throughout her career, will inspire our graduates as they embark on their own life journeys."

Sweeney is responsible for The Walt Disney Company's entertainment and news television properties globally. She oversees the ABC Television Network, Disney Channels Worldwide, cable networks ABC Family and SOAPnet, and the Hyperion publishing imprint, as well as Disney/ABC's international TV sales and distribution businesses. She also manages the company's equity interest in Lifetime Entertainment Services and A&E Television Networks.

Prior to her current role as co-chair, Sweeney served as president of ABC Cable Networks Group and Disney Channels Worldwide from 2000-2004. During that time, the Disney Channel more than quintupled its subscriber base with its mix of original series, movies and acquired programming. Before joining The Walt Disney Company in 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks, she was chairman and CEO of FX Networks, Inc. Prior to that, Sweeney spent 12 years at Nickelodeon/Nick at Nite in various executive positions, most recently as senior vice president of Program Enterprises.

Over several years, Sweeney has repeatedly been 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. Sweeney was inducted into the Cable Center's Hall of Fame in October 2007 and recognized by the Producers Guild of America in 2006 with the President's Citation for her efforts on behalf of diversity across the Disney/ABC Television Group.

Sweeney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of New Rochelle and an Ed. M. degree from Harvard University.

About UCLA Anderson School of Management
UCLA Anderson School of Management, established in 1935, is regarded among the leading business schools in the world. UCLA Anderson faculty members are renowned for their teaching excellence and research in advancing management thinking. Each year, UCLA Anderson provides management education to more than 1,700 students enrolled in MBA, Executive MBA, Fully-Employed MBA and doctoral programs, and to more than 2,000 professional managers through executive education programs. Combining highly selective admissions, varied and innovative learning programs, and a world-wide network of 36,000 alumni, UCLA Anderson develops and prepares global leaders.

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