Dave Morgan, founder, president and chief executive officer, and Pete Sniderman, chief operating officer, of Litton Entertainment, will retire from their positions at year’s end.
With 32 series and hundreds of hours of Emmy Award-winning programming annually on leading broadcast station groups including the ABC stations, and networks including CBS, NBC, Telemundo and The CW, Litton Entertainment is among the leading content providers. Its program portfolio airs in 97 countries, including the company’s dedicated FAST channels – Xplore and The Jack Hanna Channel – which are available on some of the most popular connected TV and streaming platforms.
“Over the course of three decades, Dave has built a tremendous organization, recognized by the industry for unique programming that entertains, educates and inspires,” said Frank Biancuzzo, president of Hearst Media Production Group, the recently launched Hearst Television unit which is Litton Entertainment’s parent organization. “Together with Pete Sniderman, they’ve positioned the company for an exciting and innovative period of growth.”
“I’m most proud of our Litton partnerships and my Litton colleagues who helped me define the gold standard in quality, educational television in America. I leave the television industry better than I found it,” Morgan said. “We created a great company, and we’re pleased that Hearst Media Production Group will bring the resources to help grow Litton to the next level.”
“I’m so gratified to have had the opportunity to make a contribution to programming that educated generations of young people,” Sniderman said. “And I’m excited for the future of the enterprise — the people and the projects.”
Moving forward, Litton Entertainment’s strong management and creative teams, under the direction of Biancuzzo and the Hearst Media Production Group, will continue to expand original programming across linear and streaming platforms for domestic and international distribution. Hearst acquired a majority interest in Litton Entertainment in 2017, and the balance in 2021.
Morgan founded Litton Entertainment in 1989 and the company quickly garnered a reputation among television executives for producing quality family programming. Today, Litton enjoys a reputation as a world class producer and distributor supplying original television series annually for major U.S. broadcast television networks and streaming services and platforms. It has a library of more than 4,000 hours of award-winning content. Litton’s extensive programming honors include nearly two dozen Daytime Emmys and more than 500 Parents Choice and Telly Awards.
Morgan resides in Charleston, South Carolina, where he has served as a board member for The Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. In 2006 he was named to the Board of Trustees of The College of Charleston Business School, later joining the faculty as an Adjunct Professor and teacher of a course entitled “The Business of Television.”
Sniderman has overseen Litton’s expansion since 1995 through leadership of several divisions including corporate and advertising sales partnerships, international sales, programming acquisitions, network partnerships, Litton’s news division and Litton News Source.