EXCLUSIVE: ABC is making changes to its scheduling service. Ari Goldman will join the network as senior vice president, content strategy and programming, while longtime ABC executive Candace Bejune has been promoted to vice president, program planning and programming.
Goldman will report to Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, while Bejune will report to Goldman.
“Ari is a capable executive whose understanding of the changing media landscape is undeniable,” Erwich said in a statement. “His strategic vision to optimize our schedule, backed by his extensive experience in data analytics, will be invaluable to our audience-driven strategy.” We are thrilled to have him on our side to help propel our business into the future.
“ABC has a proven track record of success, and I’m honored to join such a talented team of innovators in this transformative time for television,” Goldman added in a statement. “I look forward to working alongside Craig Erwich and my new colleagues as we continue to evolve the way audience data informs our program scheduling decisions.”
The decision to hire Goldman and promote Bejune comes after Whitney Holland – ABC’s newest vice president of program planning and programming who was hired in 2013 – left the network in February.
Goldman has spent most of his career at NBC, starting as a research analyst and rising to serve as vice president, analytics and cross-platform analytics. In his most recent role, he served as the West Coast Research Manager for Program Audience Insights and was responsible for media analytics at the broadcast and cable entertainment properties of NBCUs. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Applied Economics and Management. and Communication from Cornell University.
Bejune is a 14-year ABC veteran with expertise in linear and digital content planning strategy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in sociology and a minor in sports management from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
“We are also delighted to recognize Candace’s many contributions to the business, as she and our talented program planning team continue to apply their deep understanding of our content to our ever-evolving programming strategy,” said continued Erwich.