Joe D'Ambrosia is the Vice President of Original Programming for Disney Junior. He oversees production and creative development of entertainment and learning-based television properties including the Emmy Award-winning Sofia the First and its upcoming spin-off series Elena of Avalor, which will introduce Elena, a Disney Princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures; the upcoming Mickey and the Roadster Racers, a madcap car-racing adventure for preschoolers featuring Disney's #1 star, Mickey Mouse, and his pals Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald; the Peabody Award-winning Doc McStuffins; the Emmy-nominated and Annie Award-winning Mickey Mouse Clubhouse; the first Western for preschoolers, Sheriff Callie's Wild West; and the popular short-form series Minnie's Bow-Toons. D'Ambrosia also oversaw production and development for Disney Junior's first original movie Lucky Duck.
Prior to joining Disney Channel, D'Ambrosia produced and developed children's television programming and family films at Murray Hill 5 Productions, which he co-founded with partner Tom Teves. Together, they developed, wrote and produced Astro Boy for Sony Pictures Television, which aired in 20 countries, and created Golden Bridges, based on the classic book series Golden Books, for The Learning Channel. Additional credits include the feature films Mother of Invention for Walt Disney Pictures, Motel Galileo and Hello, I Love You for Wind Dancer Films and Escape from Island X for Wildbrain Entertainment, and the television series Undercover 101 for Lifetime Television, Come Spy with Me for ABC Family and Blood+ for Sony Television.
Before forming Murray Hill 5 Productions, D'Ambrosia helped launch Sony Pictures Family Entertainment, overseeing the development and production of numerous family films and television series, including the movie Land of the Lost and The KidsWB! television series, Phantom Investigators.
D'Ambrosia began his career at Nickelodeon where he launched their family film division, serving as the development and production executive on their first live action feature, Harriet the Spy, and their first animated feature, Rugrats, The Movie. He also oversaw development of the films Rugrats in Paris and Snow Day.
D'Ambrosia graduated from Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater.