Independent film and TV producer Naketha Mattocks has stepped into the role of VP, Original Movies, at Disney Channels, where she will supervise creative development for the 11-year-old franchise.
Mattocks takes over from former Original Movies SVP Michael Healy, who left the company in April, and will report to Adam Bonnett, EVP of Original Programming at Disney Channels Worldwide. She will develop movie scripts, generate new projects, collaborate with writers and directors and oversee creative storytelling throughout the production process.
Her appointment comes as Disney Channel gears up for the launch of its latest original property, Teen Beach Movie, which premieres on July 19.
Prior to joining Disney Channel, Mattocks was an independent film and television producer who sold projects to various broadcast and cable television networks, including ABC Family, CBS Films, Hallmark Hall of Fame/ABC, Lifetime Television and VH1. Last year, she was a consultant for Lifetime Television, where she served as an executive on projects such as Betty and Coretta and House of Versace. Before that, she was head of development for Gary Ross’s Larger Than Life, where she oversaw projects for Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter and How to Train Your Dragon writer/director Dean DeBlois.