29-year Fox TV veteran, who has worked on over 2,400 episodes at the studio, will lead Disney TV’s newly formed production unit devoted entirely to the studio’s animated TV properties, including ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Central Park,’ ‘Solar Opposites,’ and upcoming ‘Koala Man.’
Disney Television Studios has named studio veteran Marci Proietto as head of its newly formed production unit devoted entirely to developing, growing, and maintaining its huge library of animated hits, it was announced by Craig Hunegs, President of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. Named 20th Television Animation, the unit already has 11 series in production, including Hulu’s recently ordered Koala Man and Justin Roiland hit, Solar Opposites which had its second season premiere last Friday, Fox’s The Great North, AppleTV+’s Central Park, and HBO Max’s The Prince, set to debut later this spring. The unit also oversees the legacy animated hits Family Guy, American Dad, Bob’s Burgers, and the longest running series of all time, The Simpsons. The unit also has dozens of additional projects in development for all platforms.
“Many of the greatest family sitcoms on television – The Simpsons, Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, Solar Opposites, Central Park, The Great North and the list goes on - come from the genius creators 20th Television Animation has assembled and nurtured over the past two decades. Marci has been a part of all of these phenomenal successes. She is an extraordinary executive who is much beloved and respected by our creators and her studio team. And knowing Marci’s relentless passion, we’re just getting started.”
“This studio is literally the only place I’ve ever worked, and I’ve been fortunate to have a front row seat to the creativity and genius of artists like Matt Groening, Seth MacFarlane, Loren Bouchard and Justin Roiland,” said Proietto. “I love what we get to do and I am grateful to Craig and Dana Walden for this vote of confidence. This is truly a boom time in adult animation and I’m excited to continue to build on the leadership of this studio with this new production unit laser-focused on growing our roster of successful animated series.”
Proietto joined the former 20th Century Fox Television straight out of college, taking a job as the assistant to the head of production and working her way up through the ranks, after identifying animation as her passion early on. While she joined The Simpsons in its sixth season, she is proud to say that she has worked on every other animated property the studio has made since its very first episode, from King of the Hill and Futurama to Family Guy, American Dad, Bob’s Burgers and more recently, new hits Solar Opposites, Central Park, The Great North and the upcoming The Prince and Koala Man. It is estimated that Proietto has now worked on over 2,440 episodes of 22 animated television series in her 29 years at the studio.
Source: Disney Television Studios
Dan Sarto is Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Animation World Network.