London base will increase to seven toons a year
Disney is planning to up the number of long-form toon skeins produced from its London production base from two to seven a year.The output from its U.K. operation is likely to total around 90-100 hours, which will be destined for international versions of the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Playhouse Disney. Around 14 pilots will be produced. The initiative will be headed by a 14-strong team in London led by Marc Buhaj, senior VP, original programming, Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa. The U.K. production hub was created in May 2007 to produce live-actions shows that would complement those made in the U.S. Disney said that had already worked thanks to series such as “Kid vs. Kat,” “Famous Five: On the Case,” “Bunnytown” and “Jungle Junction.” Among the series in development are “I’m in Love with Rikki Doom,” “Tomax and the Amazing Things” and “Out of Step” for the Disney Channel; and “Max Helsing: Monster Hunter,” “Joe Giant” and “Inventory X” for Disney XD.