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Top Disney TV exec Anne Sweeney leaving to direct TV

Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
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Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
Oprah Winfrey, Anne Sweeney arrive to the 17th Annual Women In Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast on Dec. 5, 2008 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles.
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Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney (L) and Mindy Kaling attend the Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on Nov. 20, 2013 in Beverly Hills.
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Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
Disney Media Networks Co-Chair Anne Sweeney and CEO of The Walt Disney Company Robert Iger arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 7, 2011 in Beverly Hills.
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Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
Anne Sweeney, Co-Chair, Disney Media Networks, President, Disney/ABC Television Group speaks the Maria Shriver Women's Conference at the Long Beach Convention Center on Oct. 25, 2010 in Long Beach.
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Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
Co-Chair Disney Media Networks and President, Disney-ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney (R) poses with her daughter Rosemary Sweeney at Disney Family Night at High School Musical on December 14, 2007 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood.
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Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
President of Disney-ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney attends the 2013 Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 23, 2013 in Los Angeles.
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Senior Vice President, Franchise Management, Disney/ABC Television Group Adam Sanderson (L) and Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney in the audience at the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Morgan Freeman held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 9, 2011 in Culver City.
Co-Chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney/ABC Television Group Anne Sweeney speaks onstage during the Girls Inc. Los Angeles Celebration Luncheon at Beverly Hills Hotel on November 20, 2013 in Beverly Hills.
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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.