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Disney ups TV animation duo

Morrill, Blumberg in new exec VP posts

Walt Disney Television Animation has upped Sharon Morrill and Barry Blumberg to the newly created posts of executive vice presidents. They report to Walt Disney Television president Charles Hirschhorn.

“This division is firing on all cylinders,” Hirschhorn said. “Our success is largely due to the leadership of Sharon and Barry.”

In her new position, Morrill will continue to oversee all aspects of development and production for the division’s line of Disney Video Premiere films, network TV specials and Movietoons.

“Sharon and her team have taken the video premiere business from infancy to legacy,” said Hirschhorn.

Morrill’s efforts for 1997 include two of the top-selling feature films made exclusively for video distribution, “Beauty & the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas” and “Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin,” in addition to an Academy Award nomination for “Redux Riding Hood” in the animated short category. Morrill currently has numerous films and specials in production and development.

In his new post, Blumberg will continue to direct all aspects of development and production for the division’s network and syndicated animated TV series, including “Disney’s One Saturday Morning” lineup on ABC.

“Barry has created an event every Saturday morning on ABC,” said Hirschhorn. “Barry’s efforts with the industry’s top animation talent have returned ABC to the top of the Saturday morning ratings.”

Morrill joined WDTVA in 1993 as director of specials. While moving up through the ranks she has played an integral role in developing the market for films made exclusively for homevideo distribution.

Prior to joining WDTVA, Morrill held various feature film development and production positions with Steel Pictures at Disney and Touchstone, Kings Road Entertainment, the Solofilm Co. and the DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group.

Blumberg joined WDTVA in 1994 as director of development to create new programming for “The Disney Afternoon.” His responsibilities expanded to include developing and producing programs for ABC and syndicated television.

Prior to joing Disney, Blumberg held various exec positions at the Harvey Entertainment Group. He began his career as an account executive in 1988 at the ad agency Morton Goldberg Associates in N.Y.

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