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Disney alum David Levine leaving Little baby Bum outfit Moonbug Studios

Former Disney executive David Levine is leaving LA- and London-based children’s content company Moonbug after a year-and-a-half.

David Levine

Levine joined the Blippi and Little baby Bum producer to head its studio arm at the end of 2020, reporting to co-founder and CEO René Rechtman.

Levine posted on his LinkedIn profile today: “It’s been a great experience leading the Moonbug Studio team, producing 25-plus digital-first series; original CoComelon, Blippi and Little Baby Bum series for top streamers like Netflix and Amazon Kids+; scores of albums, podcasts for Spotify and more; bringing content to kids worldwide in over 25 languages; and expanding representation in our content.

“The time has come for me to explore new areas, and I’m looking forward to new adventures. A fond thanks to Rene for the opportunity and to an incredible team. Onwards.”

Prior to joining Moonbug he was VP of kids programming at Disney Channels Europe and Africa/UK and Ireland – part of a senior leadership team that built the Disney Channel brand and led all strategic and operational aspects of kids’ programming across Disney Channels Europe and Africa.

Levine oversaw the direction of original production and developed and commissioned shows including First Class Chefs, The Lodge, 101 Dalmatian Street and Evermoor. He also launched and commissioned multiple seasons of hit shows PJ Masks and Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir.

Additionally, Levine was responsible for spearheading LGBTQ+ inclusive representation in Disney’s programming, with LGBTQ+ characters and themes in commissions such as The Lodge and Best Bugs Forever.

He left Disney after 16 years in 2020, a few months before the media giant’s linear TV channels Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD were axed.

Prior to joining The Walt Disney Company, Levine was VP at Ragdoll USA. He also served at The Itsy Bitsy Entertainment Company, supporting the Teletubbies franchise in North America and South America.

Moonbug has been building up a portfolio of online brands since launching with the acquisition of Little Baby Bum in 2018. It has raised US$120m in a funding round to support further growth and acquisitions, which have so far included Supa Strikas, CoComelon, Blippi and My Magic Pet Morphle.

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