Before Erwich's tenure at Warner Horizon, he was exec VP of programming at Fox Broadcasting Company for a dozen years, where he worked with Walden to develop "24," "Prison Break," and other series.
Calling Hulu's originals "a meaningful part of what has driven the platform’s impressive growth over the past few years," Walden said that "Craig and his team have done excellent work."
Disney's acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets, finalized in March, has brought together massive organizations that are still in the process of being streamlined. A new streaming service, Disney Plus, will debut in November. The integration has so far included layoffs, management shuffles, the shuttering of FX Plus, and potentially new compensation models for creatives.
In the wake of the Disney-Fox merger and Disney's full assumption of control over Hulu in May, Walt Disney Television has taken oversight of the streamer's original scripted drama and comedy development.
"The Handmaid's Tale," "The Act," "Catch-22," "Castle Rock," "The Looming Tower" and "Pen15" are all shows that have debuted under Erwich, who first joined Hulu in 2014. Prior to that, he oversaw development, production and business operations as executive vice president of Warner Horizon Television.
Hulu's unscripted original programming, original film development, and licensed live and on-demand content acquisition teams will stay put and continue to report to Freer, who continues to oversee Hulu's overall business and operations. Freer reports to Disney's direct-to-consumer and international head Kevin Mayer.
"I am excited to work with Randy in this next phase of Hulu," she said. "This new structure will enable Hulu to have access to many of the best creators in the world and programming from all of the content engines inside of Walt Disney Television.”
Hulu's senior vice president of scripted originals Craig Erwich will now report to Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment head Dana Walden, a shift from reporting to Hulu CEO Randy Freer. Erwich and his team will not to relocate to Disney's headquarters in Burbank, instead remaining in Santa Monica, where he will continue to lead scripted originals planning, development and commissioning for Hulu's original comedies and drama series.
Hulu now has over 28 million total subscribers. Disney Plus has been billed as a more family-friendly streamer, while Hulu has cemented its branding as the more "grown-up" service.
Freer is "looking forward to growing that caliber of scripted dramas and comedies on Hulu with the additional power of Walt Disney Television behind it.”
The streamer's business and marketing teams will continue to oversee overall content strategy, originals marketing, and capital allocation and investment decisions.” />
“As Hulu drives toward its ambitious subscriber and engagement goals, it is important that we take full advantage of the creative resources and production capabilities of Disney Television Studios, which are among the best in the world,” said Freer in a statement, adding that Erwich and his team have created a "broad, award-winning slate of programming" for the streamer.

The gathering was hosted by WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey, the former AT&T executive who made the call to force Tsujihara to resign as a result of what Stankey characterized as his "mistakes" that were "inconsistent" with AT&T's expectations for leaders.
Nelson told Variety that emotions were definitely running high in the crowd and that virtually all of the speakers choked up in their remarks, including Tsujihara. She noted that Tsujihara's ouster has come at a time when the studio is already adjusting to a new parent company and the lightning-speed changes in the content marketplace.
was saluted Wednesday evening with a reception on the studio lot that drew about 75 people, including his predecessors in the CEO suite, Bob Daly and Barry Meyer. Kevin Tsujihara's long tenure at Warner Bros.
Tsujihara's wife, Sandy, and teenage son and daughter were also on hand. Roth became emotional as he expressed to the Tsujihara family how much their father is "loved and respected" on the lot, according to multiple sources.
As for his future, Tsujihara didn't give many hints, but said there were "new mountains" for him to climb, according to multiple sources.
It was handled with a sense of elegance and a sense that this could be the start of a rehabilitation process." "It's a time of real unrest and anxiety and it did an awful lot for people at the company to be able to acknowledge Kevin as a person and as a leader," Nelson said. "The through-line was that we're proud of this person as a human being who made a mistake in judgment.
Tsujihara also joked that Stankey didn't need to work too hard to find his successor because his longtime assistant, Sita Pearson, has been the true power behind his throne for the past six years.
The list included former home video chief Warren Lieberfarb, former film distribution head Dan Fellman, Disney Studios chairman (and former WB film chief) Alan Horn, Disney Television Studios chief Craig Hunegs (a former Warner Bros. TV honcho), Quibi content COO Diane Nelson (former head of DC Entertainment), former vice chairman and CFO Ed Romano, and former physical production chief Steve Papazian. alumni were in attendance. A number of other prominent Warner Bros.
After six years as Warner Bros. Ross Theater because of the circumstances of Tsujihara's hasty departure. movies. chairman-CEO and 25 years with the studio overall, Tsujihara was forced to resign March 18 amid the scandal spurred by the revelation that he had extramarital affair with actress Charlotte Kirk in 2013, and that he used his position as studio chief to try to help her land small roles in Warner Bros. There was a melancholy air about the gathering in the lobby of the Steven J.
He cited as an accomplishment of his tenure as CEO the strides the studio has made in fostering diversity at all levels of the company. He called Stankey "a good man with a big heart," according to multiple sources. He thanked his wife and children profusely, and he expressed gratitude to the many staffers who have sought him out during the past two weeks. He cited the success of last summer's "Crazy Rich Asians" as the kind of movie that would no longer be considered an "exception" to a mainstream studio film slate. Tsujihara was visibly moved as he addressed the crowd. He spoke of the studio's famed culture and the familial sense among those who have worked there, past and present.
Daly, who headed the studio from 1979 to 1999, and Meyer, who was at the helm from 1999 to 2013, both addressed the crowd, praising Tsujihara's skills as an executive and leader. As the short speeches were made, many in the crowd were teary-eyed, reflecting the strong level of support and respect that Tsujihara continues to enjoy among many studio staffers. Stankey also spoke, telling Tsujihara that his "best days" are ahead, according to multiple sources.
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Friday marks Tsujihara's last day on the job at Warner Bros. He has remained actively engaged as CEO during the past two weeks as the studio prepares to transition the leadership to a trio of interim leaders: Film and TV leaders Toby Emmerich and Peter Roth, respectively, and studio CFO Kim Williams.