Disney Channel Names Naketha Mattocks VP Original Movies
Naketha Mattocks has been named vp original movies at Disney Channels, where she will be responsible for supervising creative development for the successful Disney Channel Original Movie franchise.
In her new role, Mattocks will develop movie scripts, generate new projects, collaborate with writers and directors and oversee the creative storytelling throughout production.
"With Naketha's experience, passion, sharp instincts and strong relationships, we’re well positioned to build on our successful track record as a creative magnet and TV movie powerhouse," said Adam Bonnett, executive vp original programming at Disney Channels Worldwide.
Mattocks' appointment comes as Disney Channel is gearing up for the July 19 premiere of Teen Beach Movie, a modern take on classic beach-party movies starring Ross Lynch (Disney Channel's Austin & Ally) and Maia Mitchell (ABC Family's The Fosters).
The movie franchise has produced TV's No. 1 movie in tweens 9-14 for the past 11 years.
Mattocks' hire also comes on the heels of Michael Healy's departure in April as senior vp original movies.
Before joining Disney Channel, Mattocks was an independent film and television producer who sold projects to broadcast and cable television networks including ABC Family, CBS Films, Hallmark Hall of Fame/ABC, Lifetime Television and VH1.
In 2012, she was a consultant for Lifetime, where she served as an executive on projects that included Betty and Coretta, A Killer Among Us, Twist of Faith and House of Versace.
She also has served as head of development for Gary Ross' Larger Than Life and was an executive at Paramount Pictures.