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Mouse ups programmer to senior VP

Disney Channel has upped programming planning and scheduling veep Scott Garner to senior VP of programming.

Garner most recently was responsible for rejigging Disney Channel’s primetime sked to better focus on kids 6-14 via some key acquisitions such as “Sister, Sister” and originals. Move helped the cabler reach the top spot in the demo.

Burbank-based exec will continue to schedule more than 360 hours of content across Disney Channel, Toon Disney, ABC Family and ABC Kids, the Alphabet’s Saturday morning block. He will continue to report to Disney Channel Worldwide president Rich Ross.

Garner is responsible for planning all series, movies, interstitials, on-air promos, preschooler daypart Playhouse Disney and action-adventure block Jetix.

Last fall, he overhauled the Toon Disney sked, which included expanding the Jetix block, resulting in ratings increases of 56% in kids 6-11 and 111% in tweens in the afternoon. Garner’s addition of Toon Disney’s daily “Big Movie Show” also has boosted tween numbers since its debut.

Exec joined Disney in 1999 as an exec director of scheduling and planning. Before that he was a director of research for Comedy Central for two years. Credits include work on Nickelodeon’s “Blue’s Clues” and a stint at Children’s Television Workshop.

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