Development producer B. Susan Kirch has been upped to VP of creative affairs for DisneyToon Studios. In the new position, she will develop original scripts and stories, as well as sequels to Disney’s animated hits. Kirch will work with filmmakers through all stages of production on films that will be distributed by Disney’s Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution’s theatrical division.
Kirch will report jointly to DisneyToon Studios president Sharon Morrill and senior VP of creative affairs Ellen Gurney.
"Susan exudes creativity in every facet of her life," says Morrill. "She brings to the table a wealth of experience in telling great stories in a variety of mediums. She is also quite skilled in strategic planning and can expertly take a film from concept to completion on all levels."
"We realized early on that Susan’s understanding of the aspects of storytelling at its core made her perfect as a VP of creative affairs," adds Gurney. "Storytelling is what we are all about."
Kirch joined Disney Interactive in 1995 as a senior producer, then moved to Disney Online in 1998, serving first as director of lifestyles content and then VP. In 2001, she became VP of creative development and production at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online before joining DisneyToon Studios as a development producer in 2003.