28 | THE ‘TWEEN IDOLS

Gary Marsh

Title: President/Chief Creative Officer, Disney Channels Worldwide (pictured below)

Years in Cable: 23

Education: BA, UCLA

Best Advice in 7 Words or Less: Dare to be great.

Ben Pyne

Title: President, Global Distribution, Disney Media Networks (pictured, above right, left side)

Years in Cable: 20

Education: AB, Princeton; MBA, Harvard

Best Advice: Assume nothing.

Why Them? The Disney machine never sleeps, so we’re not entirely sure how Marsh and Pyne ever get caught up on their rest. Creating an empire of multiplatform ‘tween stars and hyper-marketing their various media endeavors has become par for the course for Marsh, who was the obvious choice this fall to replace Carolina Lightcap when she departed. Marsh is turning his attention back to the Disney’s roots with the launch of 24/7 tot channel Disney Junior next year, as well as pumping up boy-focused Disney XD and reinvigorating the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise. Pyne continues to log countless frequent flyer miles negotiating carriage for the Disney networks including ABC Family on multiple platforms, including authenticated services.

Music Man: Marsh is considered the “heart and soul” of Disney. It’s somehow only fitting that this man plays the accordion!


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Gary Marsh
The one burning question I have for Siri on my iPhone 4S: Can you distract my wife while I check my e-mails?
If I had to pick a personal theme song, it would be… “The Impossible Dream”
The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Do what you love; love what you do.
Favorite vacation spot: The Disney Cruise Ship
Favorite iPad app: Teach Me, Kindergarten
Guilty television pleasure: “Entourage”
If I could only have authenticated online access to 5 cable networks (not affiliated with my company), they would be: Comedy Central. CNN, MSNBC, HBO, CNBC
If I invented my own app it would: Prioritize and sort my e-mails
How many companies have I worked for since graduating from college? Enough to know that Disney stands head and shoulders above the rest.
 
Ben Pyne
If I had to pick a personal theme song, it would be: Overture to the “Marriage of Figaro”
Favorite restaurant: Pinocchio in New York City
Favorite “going out” town: London
The one thing I tell my kids about success in life: Success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration.  
Favorite coffee order at Starbucks: Quad Grande Skinny Latte
Favorite business and/or motivational book: “The GOAL”
Favorite sports team: New York Mets
Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii

My guilty television pleasure is: "Revenge"

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