Disney Channel Executive, Fordham Law Alum to Speak at GraduationMarch 18, 2008
Rich Ross, President, Disney Channels Worldwide and Fordham Law graduate, will be the keynote speaker at the Law School's diploma ceremony on May 18, 2008.
As President, Ross manages 67 channels that reach more than 600 million viewers in more than 100 countries. His leadership has propelled Disney Channel U.S. to the #1 spot for primetime viewing among children and preteens and, in 2007, to the most-watched network across all basic cable in total viewers. Ross also oversees DisneyChannel.com, which ranks as the #1 entertainment website for children ages 6-14, and Radio Disney Network which has, for the past decade, set the radio industry standard for kid and family content.
Among his responsibilities, Ross directs the development of Disney Channel's original television programming including the hit series "Hannah Montana," "The Wizards of Waverly Place," and "That's So Raven." Ross also built the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise which includes the international sensation "High School Musical."
"As the father of two children who have benefited from years of quality Disney programming, I am personally grateful to Rich for his professional vision and proud to have him speak at graduation as an accomplished executive and Fordham Law alum," said Fordham Law Dean William Treanor.
Ross has worked for Disney in a variety of senior management roles since 1996. Before joining Disney, he was senior vice president, development and production for FX Networks, where he was a member of the executive team that launched the cable network. Prior to FX Networks, he worked at Nickelodeon as vice president of program enterprises. He was involved in all original-programming deals, built the channel's talent relations department, overseeing network casting and talent booking and launched the network in the UK.
Ross is a member of the Board of Directors for Hollywood Radio Television Society (HRTS) and Cable in the Classroom, the national education foundation of the U.S. cable industry.
He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in international relations and English in 1983 and received his JD from Fordham Law in 1986.
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