DISNEY CHANNEL has promoted GARY MARSH to executive VP, original programming. In his new role, Marsh will be responsible for the development and production of Disney Channel's entire slate of original programming, including Disney Channel original movies, narrative and reality series for both pre-school and older kids and music and documentary series and specials. In addition, he will oversee the network's newly created talent and alternative programming department. Marsh joined Disney Channel from Columbia Pictures Television in July 1988 as executive director, programming. Eight months later, he was promoted to vice president and, in 1994, was named senior vice president, original programming. Marsh developed such films as NIGHTJOHN, THE WHIPPING BOY and MARK TWAIN AND ME. He also played a key role in the re-launch of Disney Channel's Original Movie franchise, with the films BRINK!, JOHNNY TSUNAMI and THE COLOR OF FRIENDSHIP. "Gary has been a major force in leading Disney Channel's original programming to groundbreaking new heights," said Rich Ross, general manager and executive vice president, programming and production for Disney. "His vision and ingenuity in creating unique quality original programming for kids has helped to galvanize Disney Channel's growth and recognition with our viewers."