Vice President, Programming, Production and Strategic Development
Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa
David Levine previously served as Vice President and General Manager, Disney XD Worldwide. Levine was responsible for overseeing the multiplatform Disney XD including strategic oversight and scheduling, and works with the Programming team to identify acquisition and co-production opportunities. He was responsible for establishing new and innovative programming initiatives such as Pranksgiving, Disney Fandom, Disney Tryathlon and other long and short form initiatives. His operational scope also included strategic direction for the Disney XD brand and 24-hour, ad supported channel in the U.S. and support of the Disney XD channels around the world.
Levine joined Disney ABC Cable Networks Group in March 2004 and most recently served as Vice President, Worldwide Programming Strategy, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Disney Channels Worldwide. He led the task force to launch Disney XD channel in the U.S. and guided its roll out worldwide. Levine also led the global programming launches of Hannah Montana, Phineas and Ferb and the High School Musical franchise. Levine was responsible for overseeing global programming and acquisition strategies for the Disney ABC kids’ brands worldwide, acquiring “My Babysitter is A Vampire,” “Mr. Young” and “Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge.” He created the business model and led negotiations for Disney Channel’s global television movie co-productions and identified “Harriet the Spy,” “16 Wishes” and “Radio Rebel” as co-production projects. He also managed the inception of co-production opportunities for all Disney kids platforms, and furthered the connection Disney Channel has with kids and families by setting strategic direction to globalize local content developed by Disney Channels around the world.
Before joining Disney, Levine was Vice President of Business Affairs and Development, Ragdoll USA, where he oversaw all legal matters and North American television sales. Previously, he was General Counsel to The itsy bitsy Entertainment Company, overseeing the legal group supporting the billion dollar Teletubbies franchise in North/South America. Levine got his start in the industry working for Marvel Entertainment Group overseeing legal compliance of its licensees and working on a variety of intellectual property matters.
He was a member of the New York State Bar, and is a law graduate from George Washington University. He received an undergraduate degree from CUNY-Queens College and will soon reside in London, England with his two dogs Lucy and Ronnie. Click the Edit link to make changes to this page or add another page.