Diane Ikemiyashiro is vice president, Current Series, Disney Junior, a role she was promoted to in March 2020. She is responsible for guiding the creative supervision and production of multiple series geared toward preschoolers and their parents/caregivers,including Mira, Royal Detective, a mystery-adventure series inspired by the cultures and customs of India and the Emmy ® Award-nominated series Fancy Nancy, based on the New York Times bestselling books.
An executive director for Disney Junior since 2014, Ikemiyashiro played a key role in launching the Emmy ® and Imagen Award-winning Elena of Avalor, as well as fan- favorite series Puppy Dog Pal. She served as the lead creative executive on the acclaimed STEAM-focused animated series Miles from Tomorrowland and its subsequent iteration, Mission Force One. During her work on the series, she helped orchestrate the first kids television premiere in space, with the debut of a Mission Force One episode onboard the International Space Station.
Prior to joining Disney, Ikemiyashiro worked in production and creative development for DreamWorks Animation where she helped develop and launch multiple family film franchises including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, How to Train Your Dragon and Puss in Boots. Earlier in her career, Ikemiyashiro served as a writer in the White House Office of Correspondence, from 1995-1999.
A native of Los Angeles, Ikemiyashiro received a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University at Fullerton. She is a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and currently serves as a Professional Mentor for APIA Scholars, the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA).