She has been appointed to the division’s newly-created role of executive vice president of creative development and strategy, reporting to Disney Branded Television president and chief creative officer Gary Marsh.
“This is an exciting and incredible time of growth for Disney Branded Television. I am honored to work with Gary and his exceptional team in leveraging a strong legacy of storytelling to create engaging programming for generations of viewers to come,” said Davis in a statement.
Davis will now have oversight of scripted and unscripted series, movies and specials, and will manage teams across a number of divisions including original development, current programming, original movies, unscripted content, and casting and talent relations.
“Ayo’s sophistication and taste elevate every project she touches — and her impact on the television landscape is beyond measure. As we embark on the mission of bringing more world-class content to Disney-branded platforms, I could not imagine a more perfect executive with whom to partner,” said Marsh in making the announcement.
Prior to being named as ABC’s casting chief in 2016, Davis was senior vice president of talent and casting at the network, overseeing all scripted prime-time casting. She joined ABC in the casting department over 16 years ago, where she has overseen casting for several pilots which went on to become successful series, including “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news.