Neal Named VP of Programming, Disney Channel U.K.

Walt Disney Branded Television has promoted James Neal to VP of programming for Disney Channel U.K. The former programming and commissioning director will be responsible for leading the programming teams for Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney and Toon Disney, and will oversee the program planning of general entertainment channel abc1.

Neal previously held a variety of programming positions at Disney Channel and played a key part in the outlet’s U.K. launch in October of 2004. He was also instrumental in the September 2000 U.K. launches of Playhouse Disney and Toon Disney.

In his new role, effective immediately, Neal reports directly to John Hardie, exec VP and managing director of Walt Disney Branded Television EMEA.

Since 1995, Disney Channel, Playhouse Disney and Toon Disney have expanded to more than 38 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. There are also 40 Disney-branded blocks airing in more 30 countries worldwide.