Lifetime hires Dis' Garner for sr. vp post


Scott Garner, a senior Disney Channel executive who played a key role in the success of "Hannah Montana" and "High School Musical," has been named senior vp planning, scheduling and acquisitions at Lifetime Networks.

Garner, based in Los Angeles, will oversee all scheduling for Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women. He also will oversee the acquisition of longform movies and off-network series for Lifetime Networks. He replaces Leslie Glenn-Chesloff, who left Lifetime in October after executives decided to move the position from New York to the West Coast.

As senior vp programming at Disney, Garner was responsible for all programming content on Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney, Toon Disney and the Jetix block on Toon Disney as well as nonlinear platforms.

He was involved in the planning, scheduling and stunting of such series as "Hannah Montana," "Cory in the House," "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody," "That's So Raven," "Kim Possible" and "Lizzie McGuire" and also contributed to the success of Disney's original movies, including "HSM" and its sequel as well as "The Cheetah Girls 2."

At Lifetime, he reports to president of entertainment Susanne Daniels.

"An executive who is truly at the top of his game, Scott's extremely well-respected in the industry," Daniels said. "His keen scheduling and programming insights will be a huge asset to all of our networks."

Garner, who was part of The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Class of 2005, joined Disney Channel as director of research in 1999 and worked his way up the ranks. Before that, he was director of research at Cartoon Network.