Playhouse Disney Canada gets new head

Formerly director of original content at Teletoon, Michael Goldsmith will now head original programming at Family and its Playhouse Disney sibling.

Michael Goldsmith is leaving his post as director of original content at Teletoon, but only to walk across the hall at Astral Media to become director of original programming at Family Channel and Playhouse Disney Canada.

In his new post, starting Aug. 24, Goldsmith will oversee the original series slate at Family and Playhouse Disney Canada from concept to delivery and broadcast.

His appointment follows the launch of Playhouse Disney Canada, and Astral looking to grow its content base across multiple platforms.

While at Teletoon, a 50-50 venture between Astral and Corus Entertainment, Goldsmith stick-handled the launch of kids series such as Stoked and Majority Rules, and managed the launch of the late night Detour block of adult-themed programming.

Goldsmith also completed an earlier stint as director of broadcast sales and promotion at Corus Entertainment.