He replaces Cheryl Dolins, who left the studio in December. Disney’s 20th Television has a new top comedy executive. Long-time studio exec Chet Dave has been promoted to head the comedy division of the studio. Chet Dave, who will hold the senior VP comedy development title, will report to VP Development Carolyn Cassidy to be executed.
He will be charged with selling the studio’s comedy development strategy, identifying emerging writers, and charging projects ranging from pitch to series. “I’ve worked with Chet Dave for almost a decade and I know how passionate he is about making comedy and successful television,” Shetty said.
“The producers love him and for good reason; He has incredible taste and champions his vision like no other. I know that he is committed to delivering great content for our Disney platforms and beyond, and despite that ridiculous fake British accent, he is a kind and reliable ally.
Since joining 20th TV in 2013, Dave has developed series including Fox’s The Last Man on Earth, ABC’s Fresh of the Boat, and Speechless as well as the upcoming Hulu entry Only Murders in the Building and Disney +’s Doggy Update is. Chet Dave replaced Cheryl Dolins, who left 20th TV in December amid a layoff as a result of the company’s reorganization.
20th Television is now being overseen by Kerry Burke, former president of ABC Entertainment, who was tapped to lead the studio in December as part of Disney’s efforts to prioritize content on its multiple platforms and break free from its legacy structure it was done.
“I cannot thank Kari and Caroline for this life-changing opportunity. I am also thankful to all those incredible gurus throughout my career, and I am able to use my accent to get even more into this new role.” Looking forward to it, despite how Caroline feels about it, ”said London-born Chet Dave.