Disney Junior Promotes Joe D'Ambrosia to Senior VP Original Programming

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He will continue to oversee production and creative development of series including 'Sofia the First' and the upcoming 'Elena of Avalor.'

Joe D'Ambrosia has been promoted to senior vp original programming at Disney Junior, where he will continue to oversee production and creative development of series including Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.

He is also responsible for upcoming series including Disney Channel's Elena of Avalor, which will introduce Disney's first princess inspired by Latin cultures; Mickey and the Roadster Racers, a car-racing adventure featuring Mickey Mouse and his pals; and Vampirina, inspired by Disney Publishing's popular children's book series Vampirina Ballerina, which tells the story of a young vampire girl who is the new kid in town.

Other shows under his purview include Goldie & Bear and Sheriff Callie's Wild West as well as the shortform series Minnie's Bow-Toons.

D'Ambrosia reports to Nancy Kanter, executive vp original programming and general manager at Disney Junior Worldwide.

"Joe is an incredibly talented executive who brings his A-game to the table each and every day," Kanter said. "In his new role he will continue to manage our creative output, leading us in new, exciting directions and will work with me on ways to deliver the best in kids TV to the broadest audience possible."

Before joining Disney Channel in 2011, D'Ambrosia produced and developed children's television programming and family films at Murray Hill 5 Productions, which he co-founded. There he developed and produced Astro Boy and created Golden Bridges, based on the classic book series Golden Books.

Before that, he held positions at Sony Pictures Family Entertainment, overseeing numerous family films and television series, and Nickelodeon, where he launched the family film division.

Disney Junior targets kids ages two to seven. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel as well as a separate 24-hour channel.

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