Disney’s Harrison Ventures to VP Gig

Will Harrison, formerly director of ventures & business development for Walt Disney Television International Europe, Middle East & Africa (WDTV-I EMEA), has been promoted to VP of ventures and business development. He will report to Laurie Younger, president of Buena Vista Worldwide Television.

In his new role, Harrison will lead the London-based Ventures and Business Development group, which is responsible for managing the company’s existing TV equity investments and developing new business opportunities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The group manages investments in media companies such as GMTV in the U.K., Super RTL and RTL 2 in Germany, and the pay TV service HBO Central Europe in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia and Croatia. Other investment ventures incluse the U.K. DSL video-on-demand service HomeChoice and the IPS Multicanal thematic channels service in Spain and Portugal.

Harrison joined WDTV-I in November of 2003, having previously worked at Turner Broadcasting as U.K. director of business development. Before that, he serves as a business development analyst at Warner Bros. International Television.