Walt Disney Television Alternative Adds Key Execs to Team


The newly formed unscripted production unit Walt Disney Television Alternative (WDT Alternative) has hired three new executives: Jill Chapman, Alicia Martino and Mike Rosen.

Chapman joins WDT Alternative from Hulu, where she led the unscripted TV development strategy across original and licensed content with a focus on docusoap/docu-follow, competition and lifestyle programming.

At Hulu, Chapman was responsible for fostering and providing strategic guidance and programming implementation through Hulu’s partnerships with Walt Disney Television, ABC News and Onyx Collective, and worked across such Hulu originals as Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi.

Alicia Martino has been appointed VP of alternative series at WDT Alternative. With over 20 years of production experience, she’s worked on such series as The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, Queer Eye…Straight Girl and Hell’s Kitchen. More recently, Martino served as executive producer on BET’s Next Chance Girl Group and co-executive producer on Love Island, Are You The One? and Family Food Fight.

Mike Rosen, who has 16 years of production experience, will serve as VP of production. He’s served as executive in charge of production for various networks and studio groups including, The CW, FOX, MTV, ABC and, most recently, Amazon Studios. His past work spans series and specials, including One That Got Away, Pooch Perfect, Ex on the Beach, Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

The team is responsible for building on the success of the company’s existing unscripted brands by identifying new ideas and concepts for series, collaborating with the creative community as well as new and existing talent, and supervising creative production on unscripted series and pilots. WDT Alternative’s charge is to generate new projects to live on the networks and platforms within the Disney ecosystem.

All three report to Tiffany Faigus, senior VP of unscripted and alternative entertainment for ABC Entertainment and WDT Alternative.

Faigus and Rob Mills, executive VP of unscripted and alternative entertainment at Walt Disney Television, said: “We are excited to have Jill, Alicia and Mike leading production services and creative oversight for WDT Alternative. We are proud to have set the all-star team that will work with all of our creative partners across our platforms and beyond to produce the most groundbreaking and buzzworthy unscripted series and specials.”