CA, September 15, 2011 . . . The Disney/ABC Television Group today
announced that Carolina Lightcap, president, Disney Channels Worldwide,
has decided to step down from her post effective immediately. In a
separate release, Gary Marsh was named president and Chief Creative
Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
commenting on the announcement, Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media
Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group, said, “We’re sorry
that Carolina has decided to leave us and appreciate her many valuable
contributions over the years. During her tenure as president, Disney
Channels Worldwide continued its incredible momentum, with the channel
just delivering its most watched summer in history with Kids 6-11. She
will be missed.”
“I’m extremely proud of the
accomplishments over the past 11 years at both Disney Latin America and
Disney Channels Worldwide. Building Disney Channel into #1 in Latin
America, not just with kids but also in households, is a career
highlight. And in the U.S., with Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney
Junior all enjoying some of their best ratings ever, I feel the timing
is perfect to move on to my next challenge,” noted Ms. Lightcap. “My
heartfelt thanks to Anne Sweeney for her guidance and inspiration. I’ll
miss working with her and the talented Disney Channels Worldwide team.”
addition to the success at Disney Channel and Disney XD during her
tenure, Ms. Lightcap also led the launch of Disney Junior, a new global
brand for kids age 2-7 anchored in a daily programming block on Disney
Channel, which in 2012 will be joined by a 24-hour channel in the U.S.
Since its domestic launch, Disney Junior ratings have grown by
double-digit margins across the board, and its launch series, “Jake and
the Never Land Pirates,” is the #1 cable series among Boys 2-5 and is on
track to be Disney Channel’s #1 preschool series ever in Total Viewers,
Kids 2-5, Boys 2-5 and Women 18-49.
Lightcap joined The Walt Disney Company in 2000 and, prior to her
current role, served in the dual roles of senior vice president,
Programming and Creative Affairs, Disney Channels Latin America / Disney
Media Networks, and Chief Marketing Officer, The Walt Disney Company,
In her role as senior vice
president of Programming and Creative Affairs, Disney Media Networks,
Latin America, she was responsible for programming, production, on-air,
marketing, research and publicity for Disney Channel, Disney XD and
Playhouse Disney Channels (now known as Disney Junior) in the region. As
Chief Marketing Officer for The Walt Disney Company Latin America, Ms.
Lightcap led the integration of Disney’s marketing departments into one
organization, and was responsible for the strategic marketing direction
for all Disney’s lines of business in the region, as well as Corporate
Brand and Franchise Management, Corporate Communications and Corporate
Prior to joining Disney, Ms.
Lightcap served as vice president, Programming, Sales and Marketing, Sky
Latin America Partners. Before Sky, she worked for Twentieth Century
Fox Home Entertainment and Fox Latin American Channel, serving
ultimately as executive director, Latin America.