Disney-ABC Names McNeal VP of Talent and Diversity

Oct 3, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Disney-ABC Television Group has named Tim McNeal VP of talent development and diversity.

Mr. McNeal will oversee the Disney-ABC Television Group’s talent development programs, including The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment Writing Fellowship, the ABC-DGA Directing Fellowship and the ABC Entertainment Television Group and TWDS talent development scholarship-grant program. He will work closely with Frank Gonzalez, director of talent development programs, and Adam Wolman, executive consultant for the programs. They will coordinate the Summer Television & Film Workshop at the Institute of American Indian Arts, among other workshops.

Mr. McNeal is also responsible for further expanding the scope of these programs across Disney-ABC Television Group to include cablers Disney Channel and ABC Family. He serves as a liaison between the company and numerous diversity-related organizations, non-profit arts institutions, entertainment industry guilds, colleges and universities nationwide to identify emerging writers, actors and directors.

Robert Mendez, senior VP of diversity for Disney-ABC Television Group, to whom Mr. McNeal will report, made the announcement Tuesday.

Mr. McNeal previously served as senior VP of development at the Tom Lynch Co., where he led the production company’s expanse from kid-centered TV entertainment to prime-time television. He also served as a VP for interactive entertainment start-up HollywoodTicket.com and as a VP of drama development for The WB.