Disney Television Animation Hires Lisa Fragner, Promotes Elizabeth Waybright Taylor – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: Disney Television Animation, the division in charge of series including Monsters at work and Marvel’s Spidey and his amazing friends, is recruiting.

The company hired former director of Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation, Lisa Fragner, and promoted Elizabeth Waybright Taylor.

Fagner, who has been viewing Disney Television Animation since April, officially became vice president of development this month. She was tasked with bolstering the animation studio’s content roster for Disney +.

Based in New York, she reports to Emily Hart, SVP Animation Development, Disney Branded Television.

Fragner was previously vice president and head of development at Disney’s Blue Sky Studios, where she worked on feature films, including Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs and Horton Hears a Who by Dr Seuss. She has also secured the rights to several feature film properties for the 20th Century Fox Animation and Fox Family feature film divisions, including animation Confessions of an imaginary friend and live Better Nate than ever.

Meredith Roberts, SVP & GM, Television Animation, Disney Branded Television, said, “Strong creative executives are the key to our success in the marketplace. Lisa has extensive experience in the animation industry, and her creative and business acumen – especially as a long-time mentor to talented creators from under-represented groups – fits perfectly with our commitment to world-class storytelling. Emily’s team has demonstrated tremendous talent and ability to collaborate within the company, and I am confident that we will continue to meet our ambitious goals.

In addition, Taylor was promoted to Vice President of Development, Disney Television Animation, overseeing a team that handles animated content for the Disney Channel and its audience of children ages 6 to 11 and families. Until recently, she was Executive Director, Development, Disney Television Animation and has been with the company for 11 years. She now also reports to Hart.

Taylor has led projects including The wonderful world of Mickey Mouse, Amphibia, Kiff and Primos.

Hart said, “Elizabeth’s decade of experience at TVA and her passion for creator-driven projects make her the perfect setting to lead our development roster for Disney Channel. She has an eye for curating character-driven comedies and is a strong partner and ally of talent – a true champion of their creative vision. I am delighted to see her take on this leadership role within the development team.


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