KATHARINE LINKE PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT, MULTI-PLATFORM PROGRAMMING, DISNEY CHANNELS U.S.
Katharine Linke has been promoted to Vice President, Multi-Platform Programming, Disney Channels U.S. Linke, who joined Disney in 2000, has oversight of the non-linear programming and scheduling strategy for Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD content on platforms, including three branded WATCH Disney apps, Netflix, Broadband, Electronic Sell-through, Video-On-Demand, Mobile, Airlines and Cruise lines.
The announcement was made today by Paul DeBenedittis, Senior Vice President, Programming Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide, to whom Linke reports.
DeBenedittis said, "Katharine has been at the forefront of shaping the digital video strategy for Disney Channels, helping to broaden our audience and expand our content to new platforms. Under her leadership, the multi-platform programming team is responsible for over 65 monthly schedules across the digital landscape, and plays a crucial role in delivering on our commitment to provide quality content when and where our audience wants it."
She most recently held the position of Executive Director, Multi-Platform Programming, Disney Channels U.S. Among her accomplishments is the multi-platform plan for Disney Channel Games 2007, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media.
Linke previously was Senior Manager, Program Planning, Disney Channel, managing launch plans for all Disney Channel series and movies. She joined Disney in 2000 as Producer, New Media and was responsible for all creative development and production for DisneyChannel.com.
Before her tenure with Disney, Linke held positions at The Fred Silverman Company and Vin Di Bona Productions, where she served as Director, Children's Programming and was responsible for development.
Linke holds a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Television Production from the University of Southern California. She is based in Burbank, California, at the headquarters of Disney Channels Worldwide.