Disney TV Animation ups veteran execs to VPs of current series


Douglas Bensimon and Edward Mejia have been promoted to VPs of current series at Disney Television Animation, the animation studio under the Disney Branded Television banner.

Both execs will continue to report to Khaki Jones, SVP of current series, Disney Television Animation, which currently has 1,200 half-hours of animated content in production for Disney’s streaming and linear platforms.

Bensimon, who was previously executive director of current series, now leads a team concentrated primarily on Disney Television Animation’s serialized properties for Disney+ and Disney Channel and works closely with Marvel on its branded content for kids aged 6-14 and families.

He has spent his entire career in current series work at Disney TV Animation, having joined in 2012 as an assistant in the current department and, in roles of increasing responsibility over the years, worked as a coordinator, manager, director, and since 2021, executive director.

Among the series he’s steered are the upcoming Marvel’s Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur for Disney+ and The Ghost And Molly McGee and Amphibia for Disney Channel.

Mejia, meanwhile, is also upped from the role of executive director of current series, and now leads a team that focuses on Disney Television Animation’s titles inspired by the company’s heritage characters and stories for Disney+ and Disney Channel.

He began his career at Disney in 2005 as an assistant to the president of Disney Channels Worldwide and went on to work in the Disney Channel original series department and Disney Television Animation, where he has worked across development and current series and was ultimately promoted to coordinator, manager, director and in 2020, executive director.

Among the titles he’s overseen are Monsters At Work for Disney+, the upcoming Kiff and Primos for Disney Channel, and DuckTales, Mickey Mouse, Star vs. The Forces Of Evil, also for Disney Channel.

“One of our guiding principles is to prepare high-potential team members for greater levels of responsibility and to recognize the contributions of innovative, diverse, ready-to-lead executives,” commented Meredith Roberts, EVP of TV Animation, Disney Branded Television.

“As a result of their sheer talent, solid experience and Khaki’s mentorship, Edward and Doug are highly skilled in imaginative, visual story-based work, and each has a deep appreciation for our brands and a trusted rapport with content creators that helps us achieve our goals.”

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