Gary Marsh

President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide at Disney

Gary Marsh is president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, a role he was promoted to in September 2011. He reports to Peter Rice, chairman, Walt Disney Television, and co-chair, Disney Media Networks. Marsh has both strategic business oversight and creative responsibility for Disney’s successful kids TV business. The portfolio spans Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, plus the Radio Disney broadcast and satellite radio network. Its multiplatform strategy includes subscription video-on-demand and live, linear feeds available via the authenticated branded app—DisneyNOW—at home and via mobile devices. Reporting in to Marsh is an executive team representing Original Programming and Production, Disney Television Animation, Business Affairs, Business Planning and Development, Marketing and On-Air Promotion, Worldwide Programming Strategy, Planning and Acquisitions, Casting and Talent Relations. Creative content is the driving force of Disney Channels Worldwide, and Marsh is responsible for leading the effort to develop Disney-branded programming for kids and families around the world. The extraordinarily successful original programming slate includes the current hit series “BUNK’D,” the groundbreaking “Andi Mack,” “Raven’s Home,” “Coop & Cami Ask the World,” “DuckTales” and the Emmy® Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” short-form series. Among the other hit series over the years are the Emmy-winning “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “K.C. Undercover,” the Emmy-winning “Phineas and Ferb,” “Good Luck Charlie” and “Dog with a Blog,” “Hannah Montana,” “Gravity Falls,” “Austin & Ally” and “Jessie.” He also oversees the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, comprising over 100 titles, and six of the Top 7 original cable movies ever: the smash hit “High School Musical 2,” “Teen Beach Movie,” “Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie,” “Descendants,” “Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension” and “Camp Rock.” Soundtrack and music sales from the projects and talent that Marsh has developed at Disney Channel have exceeded 50 million units. The quadruple-platinum-selling soundtrack for “High School Musical” (the #1 selling album of 2006) made history as the first-ever TV movie soundtrack to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Other Disney Channel properties that entered Billboard 200 at #1 are “Descendants” (July 2015), “High School Musical 2” (October 2007—first TV movie soundtrack to debut at #1), “Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus” (June 2007) and “Hannah Montana” (October 2006—first TV soundtrack to debut at or reach #1). Marsh’s team also oversees Disney Junior, the popular multiplatform brand for kids age 2-7, which includes the Annie and Emmy Award-winning TV series “Sofia the First,” “Fancy Nancy,” “Vampirina,” “Puppy Dog Pals,” “Elena of Avalor,” “Miles from Tomorrowland,” “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” the Peabody Award-winning and Emmy-nominated “Doc McStuffins,” “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” each blending Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and beloved characters. From 2009-11, Marsh was president, Entertainment and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. From 2005-09, he was president, Entertainment, Disney Channel Worldwide. From 2001-05, he was executive vice president, Original Programming and Production, Disney Channel. He was executive vice president, Original Programming, from 1999-2001, and senior vice president, Original Programming, from 1994-99. He joined Disney Channel in 1988 as executive director, Programming, and was promoted to vice president within months. Throughout his tenure at Disney Channel, Marsh has supervised projects that have garnered the highest industry and critical acclaim, including multiple Emmys and Humanitas Prizes, plus TV Academy Honors, Peabody, NAMIC, Gabriel, Women in Film, Parents’ Choice and New York International Film and Television Festival awards. He co-created and co-chaired City of Hope’s annual Concert for Hope, was a 2005 Honoree of Girls Incorporated which recognizes industry leaders who are excellent role models for girls and young women, and was named among the 25 “Smartest People in Television” by Entertainment Weekly magazine. Prior to joining Disney Channel, Marsh was director of Movies and Miniseries at Columbia Pictures Television. He was previously vice president, the Garth Group, a consulting firm in New York City, where he specialized in creating media for political campaigns. Marsh is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles.
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