Disney Channels EVP Nancy Kanter to Depart Company in 2021 After 20 Years

Nancy Kanter, EVP, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide, who launched and built Disney’s preschool TV channel Disney Junior, will leave the company at the end of January 2021.

By the time of her departure, Kanter will have worked for the company for two decades.

According to Deadline, President and Chief Creative Officer for Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh announced Kanter’s pending departure in a company email.

In his memo to staff, Marsh highlighted some of Kanter’s biggest accomplishments.

“Without a doubt, paramount among her many achievements is building one of the most culturally relevant channels and brands in the global kids’ television business, Disney Junior,” he wrote. “At every turn, Disney Junior is a reflection of what matters most to Nancy – entertaining narratives driven by original characters who bring the magic and heart of classic Disney into entirely new stories.”

The two agreed on a long transition to allow Marsh time to put together a comprehensive plan for the future at Disney Channels. Kanter is not expected to retire.

Kanter is the mastermind behind the CG-animated series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse”, “Doc McStuffins”, “Sofia the First” andHigh School Musical: The Musical: The Series” for Disney+ amongst hundreds of other projects.

Kanter joined Disney in 2001 as VP Original Programming, Playhouse Disney. She was promoted to SVP in 2004 and expanded role to SVP, Playhouse Disney Worldwide in 2008.

In 2012, Kanter was named EVP, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide. In 2017, her role expanded to all content for kids age 2-14 and she was promoted to EVP, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide.

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