Episode 060: Ben Sherwood and Paula Faris on the Vision to Win
During Ben Sherwood’s tenure as president of Disney-ABC Television and ABC News, he succeeded in moving the news division from its perennial second position in the ratings to winning in all categories. The secret: he gave his team faith in their ability to win. In this very personal episode of the GLS Podcast, Paula Faris, one of Sherwood’s former colleagues at Good Morning America Weekend, interviews him about his visionary leadership, his belief in people, his incredible empathy and how he deals with critics.
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Ben Sherwood served as Co-Chairman of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney | ABC Television Group from 2014 to 2019. Sherwood oversaw a portfolio of global entertainment and news properties, including the ABC Television Network, ABC News, ABC-owned television stations, the Disney Channels Worldwide, Freeform, and Disney’s ownership interest in Hulu and AETN, including History Channel, Lifetime and A+E.At Disney/ABC, Sherwood managed a 12-billion-dollar business with 12,000 employees responsible for the creation of more than 25,000 hours of original content every year.An award-winning journalist and best-selling author of both non-fiction and fiction books, Sherwood's articles and essays have appeared in many publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek.
Paula is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, Former Senior National Correspondent at ABC News and host of the popular podcast Journeys of Faith with Paula Faris, which gives an intimate look at how some of the world’s most influential people lean on faith and spirituality to guide them through the best and worst of times. Previously, Faris was the co-anchor of Good Morning America weekend edition, as well as a co-host of ABC’s The View. Paula's recent book, Called Out, Why I traded Two Dream Jobs for a Life of True Calling, dives into her leadership insight from the world of journalism.