Disney Junior

Disney is upping Nancy Kanter.

The Disney Junior executive has been named executive vice president content and creative strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide. The expanded post will see her maintain her role as general manager of Disney Junior Worldwide.

The promotion will broaden Kanter’s responsibilities to include the content creation strategy behind the development of original live action and animated programming for kids ages 6 to 14 on Disney Channel and Disney XD, in addition to all creative content for kids ages 2 to 7 on Disney Junior. She’ll also oversee strategy for acquired content and, in partnership with the live action and animation development/programming teams, will continue attracting, developing and retaining creative talent to Disney’s portfolio of entertainment platforms for kids and families.

“Nancy is a formidable leader with exceptional creative instincts and a personal passion for great storytelling. Her track record in launching and steering Disney Junior into becoming the number one preschooler-dedicated network is a testament to her relentless focus on excellence,” said Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide, to whom Kanter will continue to report. “I look forward to her daily partnership in aligning and guiding the creative strategy and content for our animation and live-action storytelling teams.”

Kanter added, “The Disney Channels Worldwide creative teams have consistently set the bar at the highest level when it comes to offering stories and characters that resonate with audiences worldwide and also become cultural icons that endure. I am excited to work with our multi-talented development and production teams and hope to be able to contribute meaningfully to this legacy of extraordinary storytelling.”

Kanter led the launch of Disney Junior in 2011 and has since built its TV properties into franchises across various lines of Disney businesses, including Disney Parks’ attractions, publishing, consumer products, digital products, DVDs and CDs. She first joined Disney Channel in 2001.