According to The Hollywood Reporter, Barry Blumberg will step down as president of Walt Disney Television Animation (WDTVA). His impending departure comes as WDTVA enters a restructuring phase. The unit will fall under the supervision of president Rich Ross when it is integrated into Disney Channel Worldwide. Blumberg, who has been with the Mouse House since 1994, will reportedly stay on through the end of January to aid in the transition.
Blumberg’s many responsibilities as president of WDTVA included spearheading development and production of TV series and any theatrical or home video offshoots of those shows. There is speculation that such creative duties will be handed over to Gary Marsh, president of entertainment for WDTVA.
Under Blumberg, WDTVA’s production efforts intensified to provide content not only for Disney Channel, but also for Toon Disney and JETIX. Properties created and developed under his guidance include Disney’s Kim Possible, Super Robert Monkey Team Hyper-Force Go and the Playhouse Disney staple Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.