Colby Smith serves as Senior Vice President, Content & Partnerships. In this position he manages Walt Disney Television’s digital news brands – ABC News, Good Morning America, and FiveThirtyEight – and oversees editorial, product, partnerships, audience development, distribution and marketing. In addition, he is responsible for developing original programming and producing live events for streaming services.
In this integral role Smith has retooled ABC News’ content and distribution strategy and revamped its suite of products to grow reach, engagement and monetization around the world. In 2018, he spearheaded the launch of ABC News Live, a new 24/7 channel for breaking news and live events. In one year, it has become America’s #1 streaming news channel with distribution on Hulu Live, The Roku Channel, and Facebook Watch. In that same year he oversaw the launch of a new digital portfolio for “Good Morning America,” which has grown to become one of the largest global lifestyle brands for young women. Smith also led the integration of FiveThirtyEight into ABC News to supercharge its political coverage with new real-time election night forecasts.
Smith joined ABC News in 2011 as part of the business development team with a focus on mobile products. In 2015 he was promoted to Vice President of ABC News Digital, where he instituted a new data-driven approach to editorial and product design to drive monthly video views from 60 million to over 1 billion. Under Smith’s leadership ABC News received the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for ‘Best Website’ for the first time since 2001 and became the first digital team to win back-to-back News and Documentary Emmy Awards in the history of the TV news industry in 2016 and 2017. He was named to his current role in 2018.
Smith’s career in media began at KPSP in Palm Desert, California as Senior Executive
Producer. He is a graduate of Stanford University and received his MBA from UCLA.