Naketha Mattocks has been named VP Original Movies at Disney Channels, where she will oversee creative development for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, reporting to EVP Original Programming Adam Bonnett. She succeeds SVP Original Movies Michael Healy, who left the company in April after nearly 16 years and more than 90 Disney Channel movies to pursue other opportunities. The next installment in Disney Channel’s original movie franchise, Teen Beach Movie, premieres July 19.
Mattocks comes from an independent film and television producer background. Last year, she was a consultant for Lifetime, where she served as an executive on such telefilms as Betty and Coretta, A Killer Among Us, Twist of Faith and House of Versace. From 2006-11 Mattocks was Head of Development for writer-director Gary Ross’s Larger Than Life and before that she was an executive for more than three years at Paramount Pictures, supervising development and production for Alfie, Charlotte’s Web, Coach Carter, Get Rich or Die Tryin’ and Elizabethtown. She was also VP Development for Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein’s Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures.