Tom Ascheim steps down as President of Freeform – Deadline


Tom Ascheim left his post as president of Freeform after six and a half years at the Disney network. No details on its release are disclosed; he is thought to be looking for another opportunity.

Ascheim joined Freeform while she was still ABC Family in December 2013 and oversaw her brand change to Freeform. His departure comes a year after the Disney-Fox merger.

At the recent winter TCA, Ascheim was bragged about the future of Freeform. He said the network was in “great shape” for the next few years as part of Disney. “As the growing Walt Disney Company brand for young adults, we have a clear and focused programming strategy,” he said.

Last year, Ascheim recruited Lauren Corrao as the original programming manager. Original Freeform series include blockbuster comedy adult as well as dramas The Bold Type, Siren, Good Trouble, Party of Five and the most recent addition, Homeland: Fort Salem. The network has deepened its links with companies by sharing animated series outside the network The Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers with FX.

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Before joining ABC Family, Ascheim, a highly regarded executive, was Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon Television and CEO of Newsweek.

Ascheim, whose release from Freeform was first reported by THR, was a financial analyst before joining Viacom in 1990. His first role was VP of Nickelodeon Business Development and Media Products and, after a series of internal promotions, he been EVP and General. Director of Nickelodeon Digital Television Networks and ultimately as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Nickelodeon Television, where he managed the entire portfolio, including Nickelodeon, Nick @ Nite, Nike Jr. and Nick’s three digital networks. In 2007, Ascheim left Viacom to join Newsweek as CEO. He also made a passage to Sesame Workshop as Chief Strategy Officer and was EVP of Sesame Learning.


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