Vice President, Kids Programming, Europe & Africa/UK & Ireland
Disney Channels EMEA
David Levine is Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development, Disney Channels EMEA, and General Manager, Disney Channels UK & Ireland. In this role, he is responsible for all strategic and operational aspects of Programming across Disney Channels EMEA, including the development of the linear and multi-platform programming strategy. In addition, he is responsible for determining the direction of original production and overseeing the development and production slates of originally produced content, acquisitions and co-productions.
In his role as General Manager of Disney Channels UK & Ireland, David leads a team that utilises this powerful platform to drive familiarity and awareness for the Disney brand, entertaining millions of children and their families every day. As part of the Disney Channels EMEA leadership team, David also advises on the overall strategic direction for Disney Channels across the region.
David joined Disney ABC Cable Networks Group in March 2004 and most recently served as Vice President and General Manager, Disney XD Worldwide where he was responsible for overseeing the Disney XD including strategic oversight and scheduling, identifying acquisition and co-production opportunities. He was responsible for establishing new and innovative programming initiatives such as Pranksgiving, Disney Fandom, Disney Tryathlon and other long and short form content initiatives. His operational scope also included strategic direction for the Disney XD brand and 24-hour, ad supported channel in the U.S. and support of the Disney XD channels around the world.
David previously served as Vice President, Worldwide Programming Strategy, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Disney Channels Worldwide. He led the task force to launch Disney XD channel in the U.S. and guided its roll out worldwide. David also led the global programming launches of Hannah Montana, Phineas and Ferb and the High School Musical franchise. He was responsible for overseeing global programming and acquisition strategies for the Disney ABC kids' brands worldwide, and created the business model and led negotiations for Disney Channel's global television movie co-productions, identifying 16 Wishes and Radio Rebel as co-production projects.
Before joining Disney, David was Vice President of Business Affairs and Development, Ragdoll USA, where he oversaw all legal matters and North American television sales. Previously, he was General Counsel to The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company, overseeing the legal group supporting the billion dollar Teletubbies franchise in North/South America. He got his start in the industry at Marvel Entertainment Group overseeing legal compliance of its licensees and assorted intellectual property matters.
David was also member of the New York State Bar, and is a law graduate from George Washington University. He received an undergraduate degree from CUNY-Queens College and resides in London, England.