Disney Channel taps Snyder vp


Fonda Snyder has been named vp original movies at Disney Channel, where she will be responsible for supervising the development of the network's original telefilms.

Synder joins Disney Channel from Cookie Jar Entertainment, where she was senior vp creative development and U.S. sales, overseeing the development of more than 50 properties for multiple platforms and selling preschool, comedy and boys action animated series to such networks as Disney Channel (for Playhouse Disney), Kids' WB! and Cartoon Network.

She also co-founded and was president of Storyopolis Prods., a franchise-oriented family entertainment company encompassing production, book publishing, art gallery, exhibition space and retail outlets.

Disney Channel has seen a great deal of success with its original movies, including "High School Musical," "Jump In!" and "The Cheetah Girls" and its sequel. When "Jump In" debuted in January, it became Disney Channel's highest-rated original movie with 8.2 million total viewers, breaking the record held by the August premiere of "The Cheetah Girls 2" (7.8 million). The "HSM" sequel is set to debut Aug. 17, while a third installment of "Cheetah Girls" is coming next year.

"Fonda's experience with children's programming makes her a perfect fit to help lead the charge for Disney Channel's enormously successful original movie division," said senior vp original movies Michael Healy, to whom Snyder will report. "Her creativity and good taste will help us create engaging and entertaining movies."

Snyder has developed more than 25 projects for major TV networks and film studios. She had an overall deal at Warner Bros. and a subsequent overall producing deal with the Weinstein Co. She also has served as president of production for Martin Short's first-look producing deal at Touchstone/Disney.