Disney Channel Forms Management Team
Disney Channel Forms Management Team
On the heels of ABC Cable Networks Group's recent reorganization, Disney Channel has created a management team to form the structure of the network, it was announced today by Rich Ross, general manager, Disney Channel.
Ross has named Gary Marsh, executive vice president, original programming and production; Andrea Taylor, senior vice president, marketing; and Jill Casagrande senior vice president, programming. All three will report to Ross.
"This team's creative vision and expertise in the marketplace will ensure Disney Channel's place as a leader in the creation of quality, kid-driven original product," said Ross. "This is the perfect team to build upon our already successful network. I couldn't be more pleased."
Marsh, who had previously been executive vice president, original programming, will now be responsible for overseeing development and production of Disney Channel's entire slate of original programming, including Disney Channel Original Movies, series for both Playhouse Disney and Zoog Disney programming blocks and specials.
Marsh will also oversee the creative development of original programming for the International Disney Channels and ABC's Disney's "One Saturday Morning." Marsh has named Susette Hsiung senior vice president, production; Nancy Kanter vice president, original programming, Playhouse Disney; and Adam Bonnett vice president, original programming, Zoog Disney series. Michael Healy will continue to serve as vice president, original movies.
Marsh joined Disney Channel from Columbia Pictures Television in July 1988 as executive director, programming. Eight months later, he was promoted to vice president and, in 1994, was named senior vice president, original programming. In 1999, he was promoted to executive vice president, original programming. Marsh developed such award-winning films as "Nightjohn," "The Whipping Boy" and "Mark Twain and Me."
More recently, he spearheaded the re-launch of Disney Channel's successful Original Movie franchise, including the films "Brink!," "Luck of the Irish" and "The Color of Friendship." In addition, he has nurtured the development and production of Disney Channel's award-winning Playhouse Disney series "Rolie Polie Olie," "Bear in the Big Blue House," "Out of the Box" and the upcoming "Stanley," as well as many popular series for older kids including "Lizzie McGuire," "Even Stevens" and "The Famous Jett Jackson."
Taylor, in her new position as senior vice president, marketing, will be responsible for articulating Disney Channel's brand vision, developing the network's marketing strategy, overseeing online creative and on-air promotions, consumer and trade marketing and implementing marketing and promotional campaigns.
In her most recent position as senior vice president of on-air promotions and interstitials, ABC Cable Networks Group, Taylor was responsible for supervising the development and production of all on-air promotions and packaging for Disney Channel, Toon Disney, SoapNet and ABC's Disney's "One Saturday Morning."
Prior to that, Taylor was senior vice president, creative services for TNT, leading the department in promoting all sports and entertainment programming for the network.
In her newly promoted role, Casagrande will be responsible for overseeing program planning, scheduling, standards and practices, traffic, media planning and acquisitions for Disney Channel as senior vice president, programming.
Casagrande joined Disney Channel in March 1996 as director of scheduling. In her most recent position as vice president, scheduling and program planning, ABC Cable Networks Group, Casagrande was responsible for scheduling and strategic planning of all programming for Disney Channel, Toon Disney and SoapNet.
In her new position as senior vice president of production, Hsiung will be responsible for monitoring and controlling production expenses, as well as supervising all physical production, of Disney Channel's Original Movies, series and specials. Additionally, Hsiung will oversee all production for ABC Cable Networks Group long- and short-form programming.
Most recently, Hsiung served as vice president of production, where she oversaw long-form production for all Disney Channel original programming. Prior to that, Hsiung served as vice president, production for MTV Asia, where her responsibilities included the launch of three international MTV services for the Asia and ASEAN territories.
Kanter joins Disney Channel's team as vice president, original programming, where she will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of all original Playhouse Disney series. Most recently, Kanter was president of Bluecow.com, an Internet site for children's entertainment.
She was formerly an executive producer for the Sesame Workshop (formerly Children's Television Workshop), where she supervised the development and production of more than 30 "Sesame Street" broadcast specials and direct-to-video projects. Kanter's prior experience includes film editing, for which she garnered an Emmy Award, and documentary production.
As vice president, original programming for Disney Channel, Bonnett will oversee all of the network's live action and animation development, as well as current series for Zoog Disney, Disney Channel's programming block for kids 6-14.
Formerly Disney Channel's director of development, Bonnett has developed many of the networks' successful series including the comedy hits "Even Stevens" and "Lizzie McGuire." Most recently, Bonnett oversaw development of Disney Channel's first animated series for tweens, "The Proud Family," which debuts this September. Prior to joining Disney Channel, Bonnett was the director of current programming for Nickelodeon.
Healy will continue to serve as vice president, original movies, and be responsible for supervising the development and production of all original movies. Before joining Disney Channel, Healy was director of motion pictures-for-television for CBS, working on all stages of movie making for the network, where he worked on more than 50 movies including "Captive Heart: The James Mink Story," "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story," "Bachelor's Baby" and "The Family of Cops" franchise.
-- Posted July 30, 2001
Source: Company Press Release