Naketha Mattocks to Oversee Disney Channel’s Original Movies Franchise

Naketha MattocksDisney Channels has tapped Naketha Mattocks as VP, Original Movies. 

Mattocks supervises creative development for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, which has produced TV’s top movie among tweens age 9-14 for the past 11 years. She will develop scripts, generate new projects, collaborate with writers and directors and oversee the creative storytelling throughout production.

This summer, Disney Channel will air its latest original movie, “Teen Beach Movie,” on July 19.

“Disney Channel Original Movies are unmatched in delivering fresh and relevant storytelling that deeply connects with our audience of kids, tweens and families,” Adam Bonnett, executive VP, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide, said. “With Naketha’s experience, passion, sharp instincts and strong relationships, we’re well positioned to build on our successful track record as a creative magnet and TV movie powerhouse.”

Before joining Disney Channel, Mattocks was an independent film and television producer who sold projects to an array of broadcast and cable television networks, including ABC Family, CBS Films, Hallmark Hall of Fame/ABC, Lifetime Television and VH1.  In 2012, she was a consultant for Lifetime Television where she served as an executive on projects that included “Betty and Coretta,” “A Killer Among Us,” “Twist of Faith” and “House of Versace.”

From 2006-11, Mattocks was head of development for Gary Ross’s Larger Than Life shingle, overseeing directing vehicles for Ross and projects with creative talent including “Boardwalk Empire” creator Terence Winter, ”How to Train Your Dragon” writer-director Dean DeBlois and actor-playwright Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Her resume also includes supervising development and production at Paramount Pictures for “Alfie,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “Coach Carter,” among others. and VP of development for Barry Levinson and Paula Weinstein’s Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures.

article by Marc Graser via Variety.com

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