After 33 years at Disney, Gary Marsh is stepping down. But the longtime Disney Channels head will remain in the company’s orbit: he is launching a production outfit backed by the House of Mouse.
Under a multi-year production pact, Marsh will develop content for all Disney’s streaming and linear platforms, including projects based on existing Disney properties. Titles will include two new films in the Descendants franchise and a Beauty and the Beast prequel, as well as Tink, School for Sensitive Souls, and Witch Mountain.
Marsh, who will step down at the end of this year, began discussing the transition with Disney two and a half years ago. Ultimately, he stayed on during the company’s acquisition of Fox. His current titles are president and chief creative officer of Disney Branded Television, which creates content for Disney-branded channels and Disney+.