Inspired by the success of creator-centric shows such as Steve Hillenburg’s SpongeBob SquarePants (Nickelodoen), Craig McCracken’s Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends (Cartoon Network) and Butch Hartman’s The FairlyOdd Parents,(Cartoon Network), Disney is apparently taking aggressive steps to keep creative minds in its stable. According to Daily Variety, Walt Disney Television Animation (WDTA) has inked new deals with Kim Possible creators Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle, and Foster’s Home producer Mike Moon.
The two-year, first-look deals are intended to foster the creation of new hit properties as WDTA looks to expand content offerings on Disney Channel and the Playhouse Disney and Jetix programming blocks.
Disney has been home to Schooley and McCorkle for the past 15 years. Before launching Kim Possible, which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy this month, they helmed the Emmy Award-winning TV series Disney/Pixar’s Buzz Lightyear of Star Command and Disney’s Hercules. Their new original movie, Kim Possible: So the Drama, will debut on Disney Channel on April 8. They also co-wrote to the script of Sky High, an upcoming live-action superhero family flick starring Kurt Russel, Kelly Peston and Bruce Campbell.
According to the trade, Moon, art director on The Powerpuff Girls Movie, is attractive to Disney for his signature design sense, which he will bring to his own creations as well as other Mouse House TV productions. The studio, which recently added Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go! and Get Ed to its Jetix action block for boys, plans to launch up to five new shows in 2006.