Charissa Gilmore Exits Disney General Entertainment, Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul and Candice Ashton Promoted

Charissa Gilmore, Disney General Entertainment (DGE) senior vice president of corporate communications, is exiting The Walt Disney Company. In response, Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul and Candice Ashton are being promoted, Variety reports.

Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul is the current executive vice president of publicity and events at ABC and DGE, but will enter the newly created position of executive vice president of publicity and head of communications for DGE.

Candice Ashton is currently the senior vice president of publicity, events, and talent relations for Hulu Originals. She will now assume oversight of Disney Television Studios publicity.

DGE Content chairman Dana Walden announced Gilmore’s exit and the promotions via the following memo.


I wanted to share some news. After more than 30 years of service across multiple brands, and in support of numerous grateful executives like myself, Charissa Gilmore will be leaving the company. We are so thankful to Charissa for her dedication, her many contributions, as well as her steady hand that helped navigate our teams over the years.

Effective immediately, Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul, who has worked closely with so many of you, will be expanding her purview in the newly created role of Executive Vice President, Publicity, and Head of Communications for Disney General Entertainment. In this position, Naomi will oversee all external and internal communications for DGE and serve as its main spokesperson. She will also continue to lead publicity for ABC Entertainment, ABC News, Freeform and Onyx Collective. She will be joining my leadership team and reporting to Shannon Ryan for publicity and Kristina Schake for communications.

Naomi is a respected communications leader and sharp strategist who has built strong relationships with press, talent and executives. She has an incredible track record and her commitment to excellence will serve us well during this exciting and pivotal moment in our Company, and in the years ahead. 

In light of this news, Candice Ashton, currently SVP, Publicity, Events and Talent Relations for Hulu Originals, will now assume oversight of the Disney Television Studios publicity team. Candice has established herself as a thought leader at Hulu Originals, where she has overseen publicity campaigns for some of our most successful shows and helped position Hulu as a top streaming platform. Her expertise and creativity are valued by her team and will be a perfect fit for Disney Television Studios.  

Please join me in wishing Charissa the very best as she embarks on her next chapter and in congratulating Naomi and Candice. 

Warmest regards, 


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