Creative Talent Development Staff
Creative Talent Development & Inclusion
Disney | ABC Television Group
“Creative Talent Development identifies and recruits talent with intriguing backgrounds and life stories who are primed to make unique contributions to the Disney │ ABC Television Group’s creative and production processes. Signature programs such as the Disney │ ABC Writing Program and the Disney | ABC Directing Program have made careers in entertainment obtainable and productive for many talented up-and-coming storytellers with multi-cultural and diverse perspectives.”
A veteran of television programming development, Tim McNeal transitioned into talent development when he joined Disney | ABC Television Group (DATG) as Vice President, Talent Development & Diversity in 2006. With the 2013 restructuring of the team, he was promoted to head of Creative Talent Development & Inclusion.
In his role, McNeal oversees DATG’s Creative Talent Development programs, including the Disney | ABC Writing Program, Disney | ABC Directing Program, and National Latino Media Council (NLMC)/National Hispanic Media Coalition’s (NHMC) Latino Television Writers Program, among others. He is also responsible for further expanding the scope of these programs across DATG to include ABC Family and Disney Channel. Additionally, McNeal serves as a primary liaison between DATG and diversity-related coalitions, nonprofit arts institutions and entertainment industry guilds, and he leads the strategic planning for the Company’s diversity agenda across DATG business units.
Prior to DATG, McNeal joined the programming team that launched The WB Television Network in 1995. As Vice President, Drama Development, McNeal developed such groundbreaking series as Dawson’s Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 7th Heaven and Felicity – all of which were instrumental in building the success of the new network. After working in development for several years, McNeal had a first-look writing deal at The WB. He eventually returned to the executive ranks as Senior Vice President, Development, Tom Lynch Company, where he led the production company’s expansion from kid-centered daytime entertainment to primetime television. Prior to making the move into development at The WB, McNeal was a literary agent at InterTalent and ICM Agencies.
A California native, McNeal is on the board of Colour TV, an organization of diverse television executives; and a director on the board of the UCLA Alumni Association. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UCLA.