Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation
Eric Coleman is Senior Vice President, Original Series, Disney Television Animation, a role he's held since February 2008. He is responsible for leading Disney's animated television development, casting and music for short-form and long-form series seen on Disney Channel and Disney XD platforms, which are each available to hundreds of millions of homes worldwide.
In addition Coleman provides development guidance and leadership for global partners who are engaged in creating original animation in the U.K., China, Japan and India, among others countries.
Among the Disney Television Animation studio's hit properties are Disney's Emmy-winning "Phineas and Ferb," which for three years running has ranked as the #1 animated series among Tweens. The Disney Channel Original Movie it inspired, "Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension," was TV's #1 scripted telecast among Kids 6-11 and Tweens 9-14 and cable's #1 scripted telecast in Total Viewers (10.7 million) for 2011; "Fish Hooks" and "Kick Buttowski – Suburban Daredevil." Additional projects in production include "Tron: Uprising," "Motorcity" and "Gravity Falls."
Coleman spent 15 years at Nickelodeon, where he most recently served as Vice President and Executive Producer, Animation Development and Production. As a Development Executive and ultimately, Executive in Charge of Production, he is credited throughout the industry as the executive who championed "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Avatar," two of Nickelodeon's most successful series. He began his career at its New York headquarters, working on the Nicktoons "Rugrats," "Ren & Stimpy" and "Doug." He then moved to Los Angeles and, as Manager of Development, worked on numerous animated pilots, including "Rocko's Modern Life," "Hey Arnold!" and "Angry Beavers." Among his other credits is Development Executive on the pilot for "The Wild Thornberrys." In recent years Coleman served as Executive Producer on "Avatar," "Catscratch" and "El Tigre," and was the Executive in Charge of Production on "Invader Zim."
Coleman was raised in Scarsdale, New York, and graduated Cum Laude from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in English literature. He resides in Los Angeles.