Disney TV Int’l taps Kreissi VP

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HOLLYWOOD — Walt Disney Television Intl. has promoted Michael Kreissl to VP of programming and production, for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

He will report to John Hardie, senior VP and managing director, Walt Disney Branded Television, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Kreissl, formerly managing director of Disney Channel Germany, will oversee the planning of the programming schedules and production for Disney Channels in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Scandinavia, U.K. and Middle East plus 42 Disney branded blocks in 32 countries.

Kreissl, an Austrian national, has a 20-year background in TV, including four years as programming director at German music channel Viva and five years as head of youth programming at Austria’s pubcaster ORF. In 1999, Kreissl joined Disney and helped launch the German Channel.

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