Top Disney TV exec Anne Sweeney leaving to direct TV

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Anne Sweeney, one of Disney's top television executives who helped bring TV shows to Apple's iTunes digital store, is leaving the company at the end of the year.

Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement that she will pursue becoming a director of TV shows.

The Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said in a statement he applauded Sweeney for knowing what she wants out of life and for having the courage to follow her dream.

An 18-year veteran of the company, Sweeney was repeatedly named the "most powerful woman in entertainment" by The Hollywood Reporter. She was also considered a possible successor to Iger, who is set to step down as CEO in June 2016.

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