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Susan Kirch Upped in DisneyToon Creative Affairs

B. Susan Kirch has been promoted to vp, creative affairs for DisneyToon Studios, responsible for developing original scripts and stories as well as sequels to Disney¹s animated successes. Kirch will be working with filmmakers through all stages of production on films that will be distributed by Disneys Buena Vista Home Entertainment and Buena Vista Pictures Distribution¹s theatrical division.

Kirch reports jointly to Sharon Morrill, president of DisneyToon Studios and to Ellen Gurney, svp of creative affairs.

Susan exudes creativity in every facet of her life, said says Morrill. She brings to the table a wealth of experience in telling great stories in a variety of mediums. She is also quite skilled in strategic planning and can expertly take a film from concept to completion on all levels.

Kirch has written and produced film, video and interactive projects and owned an entertainment company. She joined Disney Interactive in 1995 as a senior producer, and moved to Disney Online in 1998, first as director of lifestyles content and then on to be vp. In 2001, she linked with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online as vp of creative development and production. In 2003, she joined DisneyToon Studios as a development producer.

We realized early on that Susans understanding of the aspects of storytelling at its core made her perfect as a vp of creative affairs, commented Gurney. Storytelling is what we are all about. We are thrilled to have her join our team.