Disney Branded Television has promoted Meredith Roberts to EVP of TV animation.
Roberts previously served as SVP and general manager of the same unit and before that was general manager of Disneytoon Studios, which launched films including the Planes and Tinker Bell/Fairies franchises.
From 2004-2007, she was SVP of Creative Affairs, Walt Disney Television Animation, where she helped steer shows such as Phineas And Ferb and Kim Possible.
The announcement was made today at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival by Ayo Davis, president of Disney Branded Television, to whom Roberts reports. It follows a recent set of promotions and restructure of Disney Branded TV’s unscripted and non-fiction content development division in April.
Davis said that Roberts was “a leader of incredible vision and a true champion of artistic talent,” adding that: “Meredith has set a new bar for Disney Television Animation, building upon the single greatest animation legacy in the world to lead a team that is creating the most innovative, magical animated storytelling in the business.”
Disney Television Animation, which has been under Roberts’ management since 2018, oversees development and current animated content and production for kids aged 6-14, via Disney+ and Disney Channel. During her tenure, Disney Television Animation has earned more Daytime Emmy Award nominations than in its 38-year history.
Roberts is credited with solidifying Disney Television Animation as the home studio for creative talent, including Bruce W. Smith and Ralph Farquhar’s BAR Productions (The Proud Family: Louder And Prouder), Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy and Steve Loter (Marvel’s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur), Dan Povenmire (Hamster And Gretel, Phineas And Ferb) and Natasha Kline (Primos).