Nancy Kanter, the EVP of content and creative strategy at Disney Channels Worldwide will be stepping down from her role in 2021, according to president and CCO of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh in an all-staff memo.
Kanter has been at Disney since 2001 when she joined as VP of original programming for Playhouse Disney. She was promoted to SVP in 2004, grew her remit extensively since then. Throughout her time, she has overseen some major changes for the networks, including launching preschool net Disney Junior.
She also spearheaded the CG-animated series Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, which has gone on to become a very important franchise to Disney. Among her other series contributions are Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Elena of Avalor and Mira, Royal Detective. Kanter also played a role in developing new shows for Disney+, including High School Musical: The Musical: The Series; Secret Society of Second Born Royals and The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. On the TV Animation side, she championed Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, The Owl House and Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe.
The long transition period is to allow Marsh some time to put together a comprehensive plan for the future of Disney Channels. Kanter is not retiring, but instead looking for new opportunities.
The story was first reported in Deadline and confirmed to Kidscreen by Disney PR.