Press release from the Disney Channel:
BURBANK, CA -- Karen K. Miller has been promoted to Executive Director, Worldwide Programming Strategy, Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Disney Channels Worldwide. Miller, who works across the owned Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior channels around the world, reports to Paul DeBenedittis, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scheduling, Multi-Platform, Acquisitions & Co-Productions, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Miller joined Disney Channel in 2011 as Director, Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
In making this announcement, DeBenedittis said: "Karen is a true programmer and global partner, with a great eye for content and a drive for strategy."
In her new role, Miller is responsible for directing the development of overall scheduling strategies to ensure regional and local programming plans are consistent with global priorities. She also oversees the global acquisitions process, sourcing live action and animated series and movies on a worldwide basis for Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior. In addition Miller steers co-production opportunities, from creative development and production, for Disney Channels Worldwide, and is Disney Channels' lead representative at annual TV and entertainment markets.
Prior to Disney Channel, Miller worked in development, production and distribution for Atlantyca Entertainment and was Animation Associate Producer on the 20th Century Fox feature film, "The Simpsons Movie." She spent the previous 18 years at Warner Bros., last serving as Vice President of Property Acquisitions for Consumer Products.
Born and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Miller graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a degree in Cinema and Television Arts. She is based in Burbank, California, at the headquarters of Disney Channels Worldwide.
Disney Channels Worldwide is a portfolio of over 100 kid-driven, family inclusive entertainment channels and/or channel feeds available in 169 countries in 35 languages, spanning Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, Disney Cinemagic, Hungama and Radio Disney brands. Through cable, satellite and digital terrestrial television channels and a strategic partnership with Disney-ABC-ESPN Television for the third-party distribution of Disney-branded kids' programming across the globe, Disney Channels Worldwide reaches hundreds of millions of viewers. Disney Channel properties continue to rapidly expand into new markets across the world, playing a key role in introducing the Disney brand to new consumers.