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Disney Television Animation Names Sarah Finn Senior Vice President

The longtime Disney executive has been promoted to ‘second-in-command,’ after serving as VP of Production and Executive Director; in her new role she will lead all physical production of the studio’s content for Disney+, Disney Junior, and Disney Channel.

Disney Television Animation has promoted Sarah Finn to Senior Vice President. She now reports to Meredith Roberts, Senior Vice President/General Manager, Television Animation, Disney Branded Television. Since joining Disney in 2013, Finn has served as Vice President, Production (2020-22), and Executive Director, Disney Television Animation (2018-19). She was responsible for overseeing production across all Disney Junior original animated television series including Fancy Nancy, Elena of Avalor and Mickey Mouse Funhouse.

In her new role, Finn will lead all physical production for the Disney Television Animation studio's content presented on Disney+, Disney Junior, and Disney Channel. She will work closely with creative teams around the world.

"Sarah has a comprehensive knowledge of animation production, keen attention to artistic and practical details and strong people management skills,” commented Disney Branded Television president Ayo Davis. “Now, as Meredith's second-in-command, our entire team gets the benefit of their talent and dedication to upholding the most revered animation legacy in the world."

The series under Finn's new remit include the upcoming Marvel's Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Alice's Wonderland Bakery, Pupstruction, and Firebuds, as well as current titles Marvel's Spidey and His Amazing Friends, Puppy Dog Pals, Minnie's Bow-Toons, the critically acclaimed Mira, Royal Detective, the Daytime Emmy Award-winning and Annie Award-nominated comedy Big City Greens, the Annie Award-nominated The Ghost and Molly McGee, and the Peabody Award-winning The Owl House.

Prior to joining Disney Television Animation, Finn worked in Disney's Interactive division developing and producing entertainment to support the online game Club Penguin, Disney Junior's Muppet Babies series and The Legend of the Three Caballeros, as well as several AR and VR short-form projects.

She was previously vice president, Development and Production, American Greetings, and vice president, Animation Production, at Sony Pictures Television.

Finn is the creator of PBS Sprout's Chloe's Closet, inspired by the birth of her first daughter. The series (2010-17 in the U.S. and in major territories around the world) is available on several streaming platforms. 

She is a graduate of University of Exeter with a B.A. Honors in American and Commonwealth Arts.

Source: Disney Branded Television

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