Disney Television Animation has made several key exec appointments to further strengthen its content development pipeline for Disney Junior, Disney Channel and Disney XD.
Eric Coleman has gotten a title bump to SVP Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Television Animation; Jonathan Schneider has been promoted to VP, Strategy; Aaron Simpson has joined the company as VP, Development; Shane Prigmore has been appointed VP, Creative Affairs; and Bonnie Lemon has joined the company as VP, Production. The announcement was made today by Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
“Through Eric’s selfless leadership and firm grasp on every aspect of storytelling, Jonathan’s extraordinarily collaborative style, and Shane’s incredible artistic talent, the TV Animation team, led by some of the most innovative minds in the animation industry today, is poised to continue delivering the highest quality creative content,” said Marsh. “We’re thrilled to welcome Bonnie and Aaron to our Production and Development teams to expertly manage the complexity of TVA’s productions, both in development and on air, as we continue to expand our content slate.”
Coleman will continue to lead Disney’s animated TV development, casting and music for Disney Channel and Disney XD series. Coleman has spearheaded development of the Emmy and Annie-winning Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts and Gravity Falls and new series Star vs. The Forces of Evil. Coleman will continue to report to Marsh.
Schneider, who joined Disney Television Animation in 2010 as Director, Development and most recently served as Executive Director, Development, will now be responsible for developing and implementing strategic direction and optimizing business operations across the television studio. He will continue to report to Coleman.
Simpson joins Disney from Mondo Media where he served as Head of Development and executive-produced Fusion TV sketch series Like, Share, Die. He has also produced animation for Warner Brothers, Kids WB, Jib Jab and Sony, and is founder of popular animation websites Cold Hard Flash and Line Boil. In his new role, Simpson will oversee all development activity, both long and short form, manage the development team and work closely with current series in order to ensure a smooth transition of each property from pilot to production. He will report to Coleman.
Prigmore, who joined Disney Television Animation in 2014 to develop and act as Co-Executive Producer and Creative Director on Tangled, the TV studio’s upcoming series based on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ feature film, will now provide creative input across multiple departments including development, current series and production to spearhead the TV animation studio’s efforts to further expand its roster of world-class artists. An Annie Award-winning character designer, Prigmore’s credits prior to Disney include The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, Coraline and The Croods. He will report to Coleman.
Lemon joins Disney from DreamWorks Animation where she most recently served as production executive on feature films including Kung Fu Panda 3, How to Train Your Dragon 3 and The Penguins of Madagascar. In her new role, Lemon will manage both in-house and outside productions across the Disney Junior slate, streamlining the process from development through post production. She will work closely with key executives, department heads and creative teams and will report to Lisa Salamone Smith, Senior Vice President, Production for Disney Television Animation.
The TV studio’s upcoming series include The Lion Guard, Elena Of Avalor, Tangled, DuckTales, Mickey And The Roadster Racers, Pickle And Peanut and Future-Worm!, as well a Haunted Mansion TV special. Disney Television Animation is part of the Disney ABC Television Group at The Walt Disney Company.