Marc Buhaj has been appointed VP of programming and scheduling for Cartoon Network and Boomerang. In his new role, Buhaj will direct all aspects of programming for the two networks, including scheduling, on-air event planning and program operations. Working out of Cartoon Network’s Atlanta offices, he will report directly to Bob Higgins, senior VP of programming and development.
Buhaj’s responsibilities will include strategically programming Cartoon Network’s popular original series, including the new hits Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends, Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, Atomic Betty and Justice League Unlimited. He will also determine the content and programming line-up within the network’s top-rated blocks including Fridays (original comedy series from 7 p.m. to midnight), Miguzi (weekday afternoon action-adventure shows from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) and Toonami (Saturday night hard-action programming for older kids from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Buhaj comes to Cartoon Network’s U.S. operations from Hong Kong, where he was exec director of programming and acquisitions for Turner Entertainment Networks Asia (TENA). There he guided the scheduling, commissioning and acquisitions for all Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Pogo feeds in Asia-Pacific, including India, Taiwan, Australia, The Philippines, Pakistan and Southeast Asia. He was a key member of a small team that developed the award-winning television network, Pogo, and oversaw its January 2004 launch. The popular outlet for Indian kids is now available in 17 million households.
Buhaj originally joined Turner Broadcasting’s Sydney office in March 2001. Prior to that, he worked for the Seven Network Australia and for Buena Vista International beginning in 1994. He launched his career as an on-air presenter and built an extensive resume in children’s entertainment. In addition to presenting and co-producing the country’s top-rated Saturday Disney, he was part of the Seven Network team for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.