EVP, Production Management & Operations, Disney Channels Worldwide
As laser-focused on details as she is her budget, Hsiung has overseen production for more than three dozen live-action and animated series and movies on Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, including “Adventures in Babysitting,” among the top cable telecasts of 2016 for kids and tweens. Always juggling a full plate, she also oversaw production on the music-filled original movie sequel “Descendants 2.” For a character that shows the kinds of women Hsiung likes to see, she looks no further than Disney’s own Elena of Avalor, noting, “She is brave, confident and focused on her growth as a leader. She is not a princess that needs a prince. Elena is a role model for girls and boys alike.”
Which sector of the cable industry best demonstrates gender equality? Which could use some enlightenment?
Disney Channel equally represents strong, independent girl and boy characters. Our commitment to diversity extends behind the camera where we support creative talent that reflects our audience.
What advice would you give your 13-year-old self?
Have fun! Stop being so SERIOUS.
Which current programming best reflects the kind of women’s roles you like to see and why?
Disney’s “Elena of Avalor” depicts a strong young woman of color. She is brave, confident, and focused on her growth as a leader. She is not a princess that needs a prince. Elena is a role model for girls and boys alike.