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News Release -
David Stainton Named President, Walt Disney Television Animation
BURBANK, Calif., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- David Stainton has been promoted
to president, Walt Disney Television Animation (WDTVA), it was announced today
by Thomas Schumacher, head of Walt Disney Television Animation and Walt Disney
Feature Animation. Stainton's responsibilities include overseeing the
day-to-day operations for the division's animated television series and
specials, Disney Video Premieres and February theatrical features. He
continues to report to Schumacher in his new position.
"Under David's tutelage, 2001 was a landmark year for the Television
Animation group with the phenomenal success of 'Lady and the Tramp II:
Scamp's Adventure' on video and 'Recess: School's Out' in theaters, as well as
the rollout of three new animated television series," commented Schumacher.
"He and his team are the busiest animation producers in the world, and having
worked with David for over 10 years, I know that his fantastic creative
spirit, passion, and unparalleled business skills will help us continue to
break new ground. I'm thrilled to name him president."
"This is shaping up to be our strongest year ever, with the theatrical
release of 'Return to Never Land' on President's Day weekend, video premieres
of 'Cinderella 2,' 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame 2,' and '101 Dalmatians 2:
Patch's London Adventure,' and three new TV series -- 'Teamo Supremo' and
'Fillmore' on ABC and 'Kim Possible' on Disney Channel," Stainton added.
"This couldn't have been done without a fantastic team, led by executive vice
presidents Sharon Morrill and Barry Blumberg. It's an honor and a privilege
to be working with such a talented group of people on these exciting
Stainton joined The Walt Disney Company in 1989 as a manager of special
projects for Walt Disney Pictures and Television. In 1991, he joined the
Feature Animation department where he rose up through the ranks. As vice
president of creative affairs, he built up the animation development
department during a period of great growth. In January 1998, Stainton was
named senior vice president of creative affairs for Walt Disney Feature
Animation where he was charged with overseeing Disney's animation studio in
Paris. While at Walt Disney Feature Animation, he helped guide such films as
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Hercules," "Dinosaur" and "Tarzan." He
returned to Burbank in January 2000 to head up Walt Disney Television
Animation as executive vice president.
Stainton graduated from Princeton University in 1984 with a bachelor's
degree in history and earned his MBA from Harvard in 1989.
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