The YSU Thomas Colloquium Lecture Series presents Ben Sherwood on Monday, March 11 at 7:00pm at Stambaugh Auditorium.
Ben Sherwood, served as Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney|ABC Television Group from 2014 to 2019. An award-winning journalist and best-selling novelist, Sherwood also served as president of ABC News from 2010 to 2014.
While at The Walt Disney Company, Sherwood oversaw a diverse portfolio of global entertainment and news properties, including the ABC Television Network, ABC News, the ABC Owned Television Stations, the Disney Channels Worldwide, Freeform, and Disney’s ownership interest in Hulu and AETN, including History, Lifetime and A+E.
At Disney/ABC, Sherwood managed a twelve billion dollar business with 12,000 employees responsible for the creation of more than 25,000 hours of original content every year. Leading the organization through a period of rapid disruption, with new streaming services and technology upending business models and consumer behavior, Sherwood and his team consistently delivered outstanding results measured in profitability, cultural relevance and creative excellence.
During his tenure as president of ABC News, “Good Morning America” became the #1 morning TV news program in the US. Under his leadership, ABC’s “ World News Tonight” also moved into first place as the country’s most watched evening news program. And ABC News won virtually every prestigious honor in the industry.
In addition to his career in media, Sherwood is an acclaimed author of fiction and non-fiction. In 2010, he wrote “The Survivors Club,” a New York Times bestseller about the science of overcoming extraordinary adversity. Sherwood has also written three successful novels including “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” which was made into a major motion picture starring Zac Efron. His novel “The Man Who Ate the 747” was also optioned as a motion picture by Warner Bros. Studios. His novel “Red Mercury,” was optioned as a television series.
Although admission to this lecture is free, a ticket is required. Four ticket limit per household. Visit this website to reserve tickets.