Disney Channel hires creative exec

Aranguren to head international production

By Steve Clarke
April 20, 2007

LONDON Disney has tapped one of its former senior creatives to spearhead local production in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific for the Disney Channel.

Steve Aranguren, who until last year was executive director, creative affairs for Walt Disney Television Animation, is appointed vice president, global original programming, Disney Channel Worldwide.

In the role he will oversee the development and production of live-action and animation programming outside North America for Disney Channel Worldwide.

Aranguren will report to Gary Marsh, president, Disney Channel Worldwide, and John Hardie, executive vice president and managing director, Disney Channel EMEA.

Marsh said, "Steve's credibility in our industry, his intrinsic knowledge of our brand and his remarkable track record for delivering engaging storytelling for kids and tweens will help further our goal to find the best stories the world can offer kids for their TV entertainment, stories that remain relevant to viewers in every culture and region."

Hardie added, "We're confident that Steve's expertise will guide an ambitious slate of regional production across Europe and beyond, and that we will continue to build on our goal to create entertaining programming with local connection, international utility and consistency with Disney Channel's global brand values."