Nancy Kanter, former EVP of content and creative strategy for Disney Channels Worldwide, has signed an overall deal with Netflix to develop and produce original kids and family content.
Under the new agreement, Kanter will work on animated and live-action films and series for global kids and family audiences through her Available Light Productions shingle.
Kanter’s resignation from Disney Channels Worldwide was announced in April 2020, and she officially wrapped up her 20-year run with the broadcaster last month. Kanter joined in 2001 as VP of original programming for Playhouse Disney, which later evolved into Disney Junior. Under her leadership, the House of Mouse bowed popular shows such as Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.
Kanter’s former colleague Chris Nee, who created Doc McStuffins and Vampirina, also has an overall deal with Netflix. Nee recently unveiled her preschool slate, with a first series premiering later this year. Several other Disney execs have jumped to Netflix recently, including High School Musical director Kenny Ortega and Coco/Toy Story 3 producer Darla Anderson.