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Disney Channel is saying goodbye to a key executive.
Executive vp original programming Adam Bonnett, who has been with the cable network for more than two decades, is leaving his post next month. The exec, who oversees all live-action development and current original series and movies for both Disney Channel and Disney XD, is expected to be replaced in the coming weeks.
“The demand for programming content across many platforms is at an all-time high so this is the right time for me to explore producing opportunities, something I’ve dreamt about forever,” Bonnett said Friday in a statement. “I’m lucky to have had the benefit of a fulfilling career at Disney Channel working with many amazingly talented people. As I transition to an exciting new career chapter, it’s with unending gratitude to my longtime mentor Gary Marsh as well as Nancy Kanter for both their inspiring leadership and friendship throughout the years.”
“Adam’s own well-developed sense of humor and his exceptional understanding of what makes kids laugh has helped Disney Channel deliver decades of entertaining and iconic shows,” added Disney Channels Worldwide president and chief creative officer Gary Marsh. “But it’s his compassion and humanity that has helped us deliver these same stories with heart. We’re truly going to miss him and look forward to being first in line to work with him as a producer.”
“Over the last 18 months as Adam and I have had a chance to work closely together I have learned more than I could have ever imagined about how to make smart, funny and heartfelt television for kids,” said Kanter, executive vp content and creative strategy at Disney Channels Worldwide and G.M. of Disney Junior Worldwide. “He has been a guiding light and fount of truly limitless inspiration and knowledge. I look forward to continuing to have the opportunity to tap into his imagination for a long time to come.”
Bonnett first joined Disney Channel in 1997. During his tenure, he has developed iconic kids shows including Wizards Of Waverly Place, Hannah Montana, Good Luck Charlie, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Sonny With a Chance, That’s So Raven, Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens. In addition, he helped to shepherd such hit animated series as The Proud Family and Kim Possible.
Deadline first reported the news of Bonnett’s departure.
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