Disney Channels Worldwide

Disney poaches Paramount TV for originals

Disney Channels Worldwide has poached a Paramount Television for original programming. Dina Hillier has been named VP of original series for the Disney Channel, working on development of live-action series for multiple platforms. Hillier was previously VP of comedy development and current programming at Paramount TV, the television production arm of Viacom-owned studio Paramount Pictures. […]

Disney Channel buys Nelvana, Sony toon

Disney Channels Worldwide has acquired Hotel Transylvania: The Television Series, which comes from Canada’s Nelvana and Sony Pictures Animation in the US. The 26x22mins series is based on the film franchise, which has grossed more than US$820 million at the worldwide box office. It will air on Disney Channel in the US, Europe (excluding Germany), […]

Disney opens annual talent incubator initiative

The Walt Disney Company has called for applications on a talent incubator initiative aimed at fostering the next generation of programme creators and writers. Disney veteran Marc Warren (Even Stevens, That’s So Raven) will return to oversee the second Disney Channel Storytellers programme, for which applications are being accepted until September 1. The 20-week salaried […]

SPT promotes networks digital exec

Sony Pictures Television has promoted Mark Jocson to senior VP, digital media and game, networks. Jocson has been with Sony for six years, most recently in a VP post, but has now added responsibility for SPT’s mobile games studio division to his existing role as leader of SPT Networks’ digital product and platform initiatives. He […]

Disney/ABC chief Sweeney to exit post

Disney/ABC Television Group president and Disney Media Networks co-chair Anne Sweeney is to leave the company to become a TV director. Sweeney, who joined Disney in 1996, will step down in January 2015. The Disney/ABC Television Group includes broadcast channel ABC, cable net ABC Family, kids channel Disney Channel, the Disney Channels Worldwide business and […]

Buhaj succeeds Levine at Disney XD

Disney international animation boss Marc Buhaj is to replace David Levine as senior VP, programming and general manager of boys-skewing channel Disney XD. Buhaj is currently SVP, international original series and coproductions for Disney Television Animation. His predecessor Levine is moving to Europe to become VP, programming, production and strategic development for Disney Channels EMEA. […]

Disney launching Coppertop short form comedy

Disney Channel is today launching a short form comedy series, The Coppertop Flop Show, on its website. The show goes live on DisneyChannel.com and will feature 1-2 minute videos presented by Calum Worthy, who appears in Disney Channel series Austin & Ally. “Our audience loves short form video and this series with Calum, who is […]

News brief: Adam Bonnett upped at Disney

The Walt Disney Company has promoted Disney Channels Worldwide’s senior VP of original programming, Adam Bonnett. The US-based executive will now be executive VP, original programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. He will continue to oversee current series and live-action development and talent relations, reporting into Disney Channels Worldwide’s president and chief creative officer Gary Marsh.