Content Chief Anthea Disney Leaves News Corp.

ogco_newscorp_0707.jpgAnthea Disney, News Corp.’s EVP for content, will retire at the end of this month, the company said today.

After leaving Rupert Murdoch’s company, Disney plans on schooling young women to become entrepreneurs with the Women’s Enterprise Initiative that she founded. Murdoch, saying one of the nicest things we’ve heard from him this year, gushed, “[Disney] has impeccable judgment and taste and I have relied on her counsel across just about all of our content businesses. I will miss her immensely but understand her desire to shift gears at this point in her life.”

Disney joined News Corp. after years of working in journalism, in London and the U.S. She worked in the company’s magazine division and was the original head of content for Murdoch’s first digital venture. She then became president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, followed by chairman and CEO of News America Publishing Group. She then served as chair of Gemstar-TV Guide International until News Corp. sold it in 2008.

Said Disney:

“I have had an amazing two decades at News Corporation and loved every minute of it. There is no more exciting or vibrant company in the media industry and there is simply no one like Rupert Murdoch.”

After the jump, a video of Disney from a 90’s infomercial about TV Guide, where Disney was editor-in-chief at the time.

Press release: Anthea Disney, News Corporation Executive Vice President for Content, to Retire at Year’s End

Anthea Disney Exits News Corp. –The Wrap