Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior are cranking out original series and movies, and Hsiung keeps the engine running on all—both on the animated and live-action fronts. Her team oversees the physical production of more than 1,000 hours of programming in single- and multicamera formats, including reality and talk shows, specials, on-air promos and short-form content. Among recent launches under Hsiung’s watch were a new original musical version of “Freaky Friday,” movie sequel “Descendants 2,” series sequel “Raven’s Home” and a new incarnation of “DuckTales.” She’s also an outspoken champion for women and minorities in the entertainment business on both sides of the camera. “Women are making a mark behind the camera in leadership and creative roles,” she says. “We need to actively develop more candidates to increase the pool.”
What’s a recent example of a step forward for women in the media industry?
Women are making a mark behind the camera in leadership and creative roles. We need to actively develop more candidates to increase the pool.
Who is an inspirational woman you admire, and why?
I admire so many of my colleagues and friends. Anyone juggling motherhood, work and life is a hero! And when your kids are special needs, all the more to manage and navigate. These moms are superwomen!
What’s been the most dramatic change in your sector of the business today vs. three years ago?
Wellness and mindfulness are now topics we talk about at work. At Disney Channels, we support a yoga program, a meditation program and a variety of Employee Resource Groups.