Karin Gilford » Senior Vice President, Digital Media, ABC Television Network
Karin Gilford is Senior Vice President, Digital Media for the ABC Television Network. She is responsible for the programming, design, monetization and distribution of ABC’s digital media initiatives and strategies including ABC.com and the WATCH ABC apps, which are the official digital homes for the ABC Network’s Primetime, Daytime and Late Night programs. Ms. Gilford also oversees the digital experience for The Oscars®, including the Emmy® award-winning, The Oscars Backstage.
ABC’s digital platforms offer in-depth fan experiences, full episodes on demand, compelling short-form video products, as well as access to a 24-hour live feed of the network. Ms. Gilford also oversees digital first content development and strategies for ABC including extensions of popular ABC programming and new digital content brands. Her design team supports Disney/ABC Television Group’s portfolio of network web sites and WATCH Apps, including ABC, ABC Family, Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD.
Prior to joining the Disney/ABC Television Group, Ms. Gilford was Senior Vice President, Online Media at Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a division of Comcast. At Comcast, she oversaw the cutting-edge online entertainment site, Fancast.com and the transition of that property to XfinityTV, an authenticated platform for Xfinity subscribers to watch full-length programming from a plethora of content providers. Xfinity TV was the first platform to bring full-length programming from providers like HBO to the Internet.
Before joining Comcast, Ms. Gilford spent eight years with Yahoo! serving in several different roles, including Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Entertainment where she led all programming, content and business strategy for the entertainment consumer Web sites: Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! TV, omg!, Shine and Yahoo! Games. She also previously held positions in business development and finance at Paramount Pictures International Television and Ernst & Young LLP.
Ms. Gilford holds a BA in business administration from Cal State Northridge and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Ms. Gilford lives in Pacific Palisades, CA with her husband and two children.