Gary Marsh Upped at Disney Channels Worldwide

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The promotion comes as longtime executive Carolina Lightcap resigns as president of the unit.

Carolina Lightcap has resigned as president of Disney Channels Worldwide, with the group promoting Gary Marsh to fill the top spot.

Marsh, who was president of entertainment and chief creative officer at Disney Channels Worldwide will continue to serve as the channel’s chief creative officer in addition to having full creative oversight and leadership responsibility for Disney’s global kids TV business, made up of more than 100 channels with feeds in nearly 170 countries and 35 languages.

His oversight includes Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD as well as VOD and accompanying websites.

“Gary Marsh has been the driving creative force behind Disney Channels remarkable growth for the past 15 plus years, responsible for some of the most iconic and successful franchises in our history, including Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, High School Musical, Phineas and Ferb, That’s So Raven, Shake It Up and many others,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

“The strength of Disney Channels Worldwide – and its heart – has always been the dynamic and dedicated people who make the magic and put it into the homes and hands of kids and families around the world,” Marsh said in a statement announcing the news Thursday. “These talented people who share my passion for creative excellence are the reason I’ve loved working here. And it’s also why I’m excited by this expanded opportunity to lead this team in creating and delivering content, globally, which entertains, uplifts and inspires.”

Lightcap, who relocated to Los Angeles for the job, replaced Rich Ross in the position two years ago. She had been with the company since 2000, serving as senior vp programming and creative affairs for Disney Channels Latin America/Disney Media Networks and chief marketing officer for Disney Latin America.

More recently, she helped lead Disney Channel to its most-watched summer in history among kids 6-11.

“I’m extremely proud of the accomplishments over the past 11 years at both Disney Latin America and Disney Channels Worldwide. Building Disney Channel into No. 1 in Latin America, not just with kids but also in households, is a career highlight,” Lightcap said in a statement. “And in the U.S., with Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior all enjoying some of their best ratings ever, I feel the timing is perfect to move on to my next challenge.”

Said Sweeney: “We’re sorry that Carolina has decided to leave us and appreciate her many valuable contributions over the years. During her tenure as president, Disney Channels Worldwide continued its incredible momentum, with the channel just delivering its most watched summer in history with Kids 6-11. She will be missed.”