Jamila Hunter Joins Disney-Owned Freeform as Head of Current Series

Jamila Hunter (ABC)

Jamila Hunter is returning to the Disney family.

The former head of comedy for ABC has been named senior vice president of current series and alternative programming at Freeform, the youth-oriented cable network announced Thursday.

In her new role, Hunter will oversee unscripted and alternative content as well as scripted programming across the Disney-owned network’s current slate of shows, including Grown-ish.

“Creating rich characters that resonate with an audience is a true passion of mine, so I’m thrilled to be joining a network that values bold, distinctive and inclusive storytelling,” Hunter said in a statement to the media.

She will report to Lauren Corrao, executive vice president of original programming and development at Freeform.

“I have worked with Jamila many times as both a producer and an executive, and even tried to hire her once,” Corrao said.

“Although it took nearly ten years, I feel incredibly fortunate that the time is now and that she chose to join me here alongside the talented team at Freeform,” Corrao continued. “Her impeccable taste, wicked sense of humor and tremendous relationships throughout the talent community undoubtedly make her the perfect choice to lead our Current and Alternative Programming teams as we continue to grow the Freeform brand.”

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Hunter left her role as comedy chief at ABC last year to become president of TV for Khalabo Ink Society, Kenya Barris’ Netflix-based production company.

She now replaces Kary McHoul, who is stepping down as senior vice president of unscripted and current series programming and will transition into an executive producer role for Freeform.

Hunter is a native of San Diego, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Spelman College in Atlanta.

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