Lightcap will take over as Head of Content for DLA/US Hispanic and General Manager for the Southern Cone on August 13. She’ll be based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and will report to Enrique R. Martínez, President and Managing Director for DLA/USH. Discovery says Lightcap will head all areas within DLA/USH related to content, including Programming, Marketing, Program Publicity and On-Air Promotions, as well as implement the company’s content initiatives in the region. In her role as General Manager for the Southern Cone, Lightcap will be responsible for overseeing Discovery’s business in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay. She will also be responsible for developing new business initiatives and opportunities for the portfolio in the region. Lightcap previously served as President of Disney Channels Worldwide. She stepped down from that position last year. Before that, she was Chief Marketing Officer for Disney, Latin America and Senior VP, Programming and Creative Affairs at Disney Channels Latin America.
EXCLUSIVE: Carolina Lightcap has stepped down as president of Disney Channels Worldwide after two years on the job. The channels’ president, Entertainment and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh will add her responsibilities to his current ones. His new title will be president and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide. In his new expanded role, Marsh will have full creative oversight and leadership responsibility for Disney’s global kids TV business comprised of more than 100 entertainment channels and feeds that are available in 169 countries and 35 languages. “We’re sorry that Carolina has decided to leave us and appreciate her many valuable contributions over the years,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks & President, Disney/ABC Television Group. “Gary Marsh has been the driving creative force behind Disney Channels’ remarkable growth for the past 15 plus years, responsible for some of the most iconic and successful franchises in our history including Hannah Montana, Wizards of Waverly Place, High School Musical, Phineas and Ferb, That’s So Raven, Shake It Up and many others. He not only understands the zeitgeist of kids’ culture, he helped create it. Our business couldn’t be in better hands.”
Disney Channels Worldwide president Carolina Lightcap and Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media exec director Madeline Di Nonno have been elected to serve two-year terms on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s board of directors, the group announced today. The board oversees projects including the Archive of American Television and educational programs like the College Television Awards and student internship program.
UPDATED: Disney/ABC TV Group president Anne Sweeney once again looked within the company to replace outgoing ABC Family president Paul Lee. A month after tapping Lee to take over ABC and ABC Studios as president of ABC Entertainment Group, she has picked Radio Disney GM Michael Riley as the new president of ABC Family. In addition to Lee’s promotion, Sweeney previously recruited a veteran Disney TV executive, Carolina Lightcap, to succeed Rich Ross as head of Disney Channels Worldwide. Just like Lightcap, Riley does not have domestic cable TV experience but he worked in Turner Broadcasting’s international divisions. I hear Riley impressed Disney/ABC brass with his accomplishments at Turner. Considered a future star executive, he was brought into the company fold and given the job that was available at the moment, heading Disney Radio, with the idea that he would eventually be moved to another position. Sweeney reportedly interviewed both internal and external candidates for the top ABC Family job but Riley’s background and his successful run at Disney radio ultimately sealed the deal for him.”He has good business and creative sense, and he is good at building and shepherding brands,” one insider said. Here is the official announcement:
There is one element in Paul Lee’s background that in my opinion makes him well equipped for his new job as ABC Entertainment Group president. It’s not his 6-year tenure as president of ABC Family, he will find soon enough that broadcast TV is a whole new ball game. It’s not his degree from Oxford either, it is probably too highbrow for the populist nature of U.S. broadcast TV. It is Lee’s very first job out of college as a BBC reporter stationed in Belfast, Northern Ireland, covering the conflict during a particularly critical period. If he wasn’t afraid to step into a real-life crossfire, he probably won’t be intimidated by facing critics and reporters at TCA on Sunday or tough talent negotiations and difficult decisions at ABC in the future.
Lee, who turned 50 a couple of weeks ago, is asked to build a third consecutive TV network almost from scratch. He launched BBC America and put the channel on the map with such series as the British version of The Office and Changing Rooms, both of which were successfully remade by U.S. networks, NBC and TLC (Trading Spaces). Then at ABC Family, he inherited a neglected channel whose purchase had been deemed one of the worst business deals in TV history that was stuffed with repurposed ABC shows, no original series and a dying original movie franchise. He rebuilt the channel with a demo-focused original fare like The Secret Life of the American …