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Disney Channel Worldwide - Carolina Lightcap steps down as President

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Burbank, 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.

In 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.”

In 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.

Ms. 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, Latin America.

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 Responsibility.

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.