Following the announcement of Gary Marsh leaving, The Walt Disney Company has announced that Ayo Davis will be taking over as president of Disney Branded Entertainment.



What’s Happening:

  • Deadline has reported that Ayo Davis will be taking over for Gary Marsh as the president of Disney Branded Entertainment.
  • Davis was most recently executive vice president of creative development and strategy for Disney Branded Entertainment prior to the promotion.
  • Marsh will work with Davis during the transition, as she’ll begin to oversee development and production for Disney’s linear networks and Disney+.
  • When Gary Marsh leaves at the end of the year, his new production company will develop content for Disney+, Hulu, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, ABC, National Geographic, Freeform and FX.

About Ayo Davis:

  • An ABC veteran, Davis most recently held the position of Executive Vice President, Creative Development and Strategy, Disney Branded Entertainment.
  • She was integral to many acclaimed series, including:
  • She championed the careers of notable actors such as:
    • Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder)
    • Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives)
    • Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy)
    • Gina Rodriguez
  • Among her other contributions is the launch of ABC Discovers, a host of casting initiatives that aim to discover, nurture and create powerful opportunities for up-and-coming talent from around the world.
  • Alumni of the program include Lupita Nyong’o, Gina Rodriguez and Pedro Pascal.
  • Davis is a member of the board of trustees of Dillard University and on the T. Howard Foundation’s board of directors for which she was also a 2020 award honoree.
  • She was on the 2017 host committee board of Girls Inc. and was a 2016 honoree, as well as a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc., and a supporter of the nonprofit Links Incorporated, an organization that provides community service and mentors youth.
  • She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Dillard University.
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