Scott Garner has been promoted to senior VP of programming at the Disney Channel, where he’ll continue to oversee the planning and scheduling of all children’s TV content on Disney Channel, Toon Disney, ABC Family and the ABC’s Saturday morning block, ABC Kids. He is also responsible for emerging non-linear platforms such as the pay video on demand service, Disney Channel on Demand.
Garner’s revamp of the Toon Disney schedule last November, including the expansion of the Jetix block, resulted in a 20% ratings increase with Kids 6-11 and a 33% boost with tweens in the afternoon. Two weeks ago, Toon Disney’s total programming day delivered its best week ever with Kids 6-11.
Garner will report to Rich Ross, president of Disney Channel Worldwide. He joined Disney Channel in 1999 where he held several jobs including exec director of planning and scheduling and director of research. Prior to the Mouse House, he held positions at Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and the Children’s Television Workshop.