Universal Cable exec joins Disney networks

Nikki Reed named vp original series at Disney Channel, XD

With the slate of live-action series at Disney Channel and Disney XD growing rapidly, the channels plan to step up nonanimation efforts further with the creation of a new position, vp original series.

Former Universal Cable Prods. executive Nikki Reed has been tapped for the job and will oversee development of live-action series for Disney Channel, Disney XD and other digital platforms.

She reports to Disney Channel senior vp original programming Adam Bonnett.

Reed most recently served as vp current and development at UCP, where she shepherded the creation of scripted programming for non-NBC Uni cable networks.

Reed previously was vp development for director Jon Turteltaub as well as head of development at Barry Kemp's Bungalow 78 Prods.

She executive produced the 2005 feature film "Invincible," starring Mark Wahlberg.