Anne Sweeney, the head of Disney's (DIS) ABC unit and the co-chair of its cable network ops, tells the Hollywood Reporter in a joint interview with CEO Bob Iger she's leaving by year's end to become a TV director.
Iger suggests Sweeney's replacement will be an internal hire, and that a decision will be made quickly. "My goal is to do it fast because Anne and I both feel that getting someone in the job while pilot season is in full swing [through May] so that they can at least have some direct experience..."
Meanwhile, the NY Post reports Facebook (FB) COO/ad chief Sheryl Sandberg, already a Disney board member, has "had conversations about her interest" in becoming Disney's CEO following Iger's planned 2016 departure.
Though CFO Jay Rasulo and parks chief Thomas Staggs have been viewed as the media giant's top CEO candidates, the board reportedly wants to "cast a wider net."
The Daily Mail reported last week Sandberg was planning a 2016 California Senate run. But a source close to Sandberg denied the report to Business Insider soon afterwards.