Nancy Kanter Named as Disney Junior Worldwide’s General Manager

Nancy Kanter has been named General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, adding to her current title of Senior Vice President, Original Programming, it was announced today by Carolina Lightcap, President, Disney Channels Worldwide.  Ms. Kanter’s new dual role will focus on the recently launched multiplatform Disney Junior brand and upcoming 24-hour channel launch.  The newly created position, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, is designed to leverage a fast-growing portfolio of brands, provide more brand-focused leadership and meet an increased commitment to delivering high quality creative content to kids and families.  In her General Manager role, she will report to Ms. Lightcap and in her Original Programming role, she will continue to report to Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment, and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.

In making the announcement, Ms. Lightcap said, “Nancy Kanter is a highly respected force in the creative community and her managerial and leadership skills have invigorated our content development for preschoolers.”  She continued, “In collaboration with the entire team, she will continue to take Disney Junior to places that we could only imagine a few short years ago.”

With the new role of Senior Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, Ms. Kanter will continue to lead the development and production of creative content for kids age 2-7 and will broaden her operational scope to include strategic direction for the multiplatform Disney Junior brand which debuted last week on TV, digital, and radio platforms.  Preparations are currently underway to launch a 24-hour Disney Junior channel in the U.S. and around the world.

Ms. Kanter has held the position of Senior Vice President, Playhouse Disney Worldwide since 2008.  She joined Disney Channel in 2001 as Vice President, Original Programming and was promoted to Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Playhouse Disney U.S., in 2004.  Under her leadership, the critically acclaimed Playhouse Disney creative content burgeoned on a global basis, and delivered hit series including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and Imagination Movers.  In addition, she oversees Playhouse Disney’s short-form content development, further adding dimension to the brand and platform.  She also oversaw the creation of a global development and production operation for Playhouse Disney, based in London.