Disney Channel has promoted Adam Bonnett to the newly created position of EVP, original programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. Bonnett will continue to oversee all live action development and current original series and movies for Disney Channel and Disney XD as well as casting and talent relations for those channels, reporting to Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. Bonnett’s promotion comes on the heels of Disney Channel finishing 2012 as the #1 channel in Total Day among Kids 2-11, breaking Nickelodeon’s 17-year streak. “Adam is an extraordinarily talented executive who brilliantly blends great storytelling with great comedy and in doing so, has helped create the #1 kids network on television,” Marsh said.
Bonnett, who most recently served as SVP original programming for Disney Channel, leads the programming development team that has delivered such original series as Good Luck Charlie, Jessie, Shake It Up, Austin & Ally, and A.N.T. Farm, which ranked as the Top 5 live-action TV series among Kids 6-11 in 2012. Bonnett also developed Disney Channel’s newest series Dog With A Blog, as well as upcoming series Liv And Maddie and the Disney Channel Original Movies Teen Beach Movie and Cloud 9.
Bonnett joined Disney Channel in 1997 and over the past 16 years, developed the Emmy Award-winning Wizards Of Waverly Place, mega hit Hannah Montana, The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life On Deck, Sonny With A Chance, That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire, Even Stevens and the animated shows The Proud Family and Disney’s Kim Possible. For Disney XD, Bonnett developed the network’s top live-action series Lab Rats, Kickin’ It, Pair Of Kings, Zeke And Luther and Crash And Bernstein, that helped the channel to log 2012 as its biggest year in the channel’s history in total viewers and its targeted kid and boy demographics, 2-11, 6-14, 6-11 and 9-14.