Exec was formerly at Aardman, Fox

LONDON — Disney has tapped Stephen Moore as its European TV distribution chief, replacing Tom Toumazis, who quit last November to join Endemol.

Moore, who has previously worked in senior positions at Aardman and 20th Century Fox, takes over as exec VP and managing director, Disney-ABC-ESPN Television, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Canada. He will join the company in late February.

Moore will be based in London, reporting to Ben Pyne, president, global distribution, Disney-ABC Worldwide Television and Disney Media Networks. He will be responsible for licensing fare from Walt Disney Studios, ABC Studios and Disney Channel.

Moore is a partner in the U.K.-based schools program specialist Abbey Home Media.

Previously, he was chief operating officer and head of features at Aardman Animations, managing all commercial activities of the company.

He joined Aardman from 20th Century Fox Intl., where he was prexy overseeing all its international theatrical and home entertainment biz.

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