Netflix has struck an overall deal with Nancy Kanter, the former EVP of content & creative strategy at Disney’s global channels business.
The agreement, which comes just days after Kanter formally left the Mouse House, will see the veteran exec develop and produce live-action and animations for the streamer.
Kanter, who was behind preschool brand Disney Junior, will work across family-friendly films and series for Netflix through her Available Light Productions.
Her departure from Disney was first revealed last year by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer for Disney Channels Worldwide, who has worked with Kanter as she transitioned out of the business.
Kanter arrived at the Mouse House as VP of originals for Playhouse Disney in 2001, rising to become EVP of originals & general manager at Disney Junior Worldwide in 2012. Five years later, she was upped again to become EVP of original programming and general manager at Disney Channels Worldwide.
She worked on numerous shows during her tenure, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Disney Junior’s Doc McStuffins, as well as High School Musical: The Musical: The Series for Disney+.
The appointment is something of a coup for Netflix and further evidence of its rapidly expanding focus on kids and family programming.
Melissa Cobb, VP of original animation at Netflix, said: “We want Netflix to be the home of the world’s best storytellers and creative visionaries, and few embody that more than Nancy Kanter.
“She’s already made a lasting impact on a generation of kids, creating opportunities to see their lives on screen and inspiring them to feel connected to something bigger than themselves. We can’t wait for her to bring new stories to life at Netflix, and continue to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.”
Kanter added: “Throughout my career I’ve challenged myself to think differently, imagine bigger and aim higher. I am delighted at this opportunity to partner with the innovative creators and executive team at Netflix who value those same aspirations, and I look forward to working with them to create new stories that will inspire the minds and touch the hearts of kids and families everywhere.”