Longtime Disney executive Marc Buhaj has been tapped to lead unscripted series and specials for Disney Branded Television — a remit that has him overseeing non-fiction content for streamer Disney+ and unscripted content for the brand’s linear platforms.
The 14-year Disney veteran will now oversee Disney+’s non-fiction portfolio, spanning documentaries and docuseries, unscripted formats, variety and specials, as well as unscripted series and specials for Disney Channels. He reports to Ayo Davis, executive vice president, creative development and strategy, Disney Branded Television.
Reporting to Buhaj for Disney+ general audience content development are Nicole Silveira, director, unscripted formats; Marjon Javadi, director, documentaries and docuseries; Meghan de Boer, director, variety and specials; and Jordan Gilbert, director, short-form. The exec is also tasked with expanding the unscripted development efforts for kids and families via Disney’s linear offerings — therefore, Claire McCabe, vice president, alternative programming, will also report to him.
“I’m excited by the opportunity to work with this talented team to realize the full potential of unscripted storytelling for Disney+ and Disney Channels,” said Buhaj in a statement. “The development slate is deep, and we will continue to actively innovate and evolve the genre.”
“Marc will align our great strengths to support our great opportunities –- he is an intuitive leader and strategic thinker with a deep appreciation for creative storytelling, and he now gains a highly effective team with complementary strengths,” said Davis.
Buhaj takes the unscripted reins for Disney Branded Television following the departure of former Disney+ unscripted VP Dan Silver, who migrated to Netflix late last year.
He most recently was senior vice president, programming, and general manager, Disney XD, and previously led international original series and coproductions for Disney Television Animation. He also served as vice president, original programming, Disney Channels, Europe, Middle East and Africa, overseeing Disney’s London-based production hub.
He joined Disney in 2007 as senior vice president, programming, Jetix Europe, after serving as vice president, programming and scheduling for Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the U.S., and as executive director, programming and acquisitions, for Turner Entertainment Networks in Asia.