Marc Buhaj To Head Disney XD

Disney XD has a new leader in former Disney Television Animation executive Marc Buhaj, who Monday was named senior vice president of programming and general manager of the boys-targeted network.

In his new role Buhaj will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of  the channel, as well as will oversee the network's strategic multiplatform programming and scheduling, said network officials. Buhaj succeeds David Levine, who recently took on the role vice president of programming, production and strategic development for Disney Channels Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Buhaj, who joined Disney in 2007, was most recently senior vice president of international original series and co-productions for Disney Television Animation. He will report to Sean Cocchia, Senior Vice President, Business Operations and General Manager, Disney Channels Worldwide; and Paul DeBenedittis, Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide.

"Marc has an expansive background in kids TV, spanning programming strategy, content creation and global acquisitions," said Gary Marsh, President and Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide in a statement. He is a fresh, innovative thinker who will bring new insights onto our team as we continue to build the Disney XD brand."

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