Kids’ content giant Moonbug has tapped former Disney executive David Levine to serve as its new head of studio.
In this capacity, Levine, who formerly served as VP of kids programming for Disney Channels Europe, Africa/U.K., and Ireland, will lead Moonbug’s IP expansion. This means he will take notable properties like CoComelon and Blippi to new formats, markets, and platforms to support their continued growth, Moonbug says.
Levine will report to Moonbug co-founder and CEO René Rechtman.
“David’s track record at Disney as a visionary executive specializing in children’s original content makes him uniquely well-suited to lead Moonbug’s creative, production, and content strategies,” Rechtman said in a statement. “This is a key position for Moonbug as we look to expand our content offerings around the world and develop more IP that delivers fun, educational, and relevant programming families love.”
At Disney, Levine was instrumental in building the Disney Channel brand in Europe and Africa, per Moonbug, overseeing series including First Class Chefs, The Lodge, 101 Dalmatian Street, and the Emmy-nominated Evermoor. He was also responsible for spearheading LGBTQ+ representation in Disney’s programming. Prior to joining Disney, Levine held positions at Ragdoll USA and The Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Company, home to the Teletubbies franchise.
Moonbug is also home to other digital children’s properties like Little Baby Bum and My Magic Pet Morphle. The two-year-old company distributes content in 26 languages on YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and more.