President, Disney-ABC Domestic Television Photos
Janice Marinelli serves as president of Disney-ABC Domestic Television (DADT), the content distribution arm for The Walt Disney Company within the United States and Canada. The division provides top tier motion pictures and television programming to a wide spectrum of traditional and new media platforms, including electronic home video license, video-on-demand (residential and hotel), subscription video-on-demand, pay television, basic cable, broadcast television, online and other digital technologies. Under Marinelli's direction, DADT distributes motion picture and television properties from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disneynature, Marvel Studios, Touchstone Pictures, DreamWorks Studios, ABC Studios, ABC Entertainment, ABC Family and Disney Channel.
Marinelli oversees the distribution and licensing of the studio's current motion picture releases and library titles across a variety of windows, including all digital platforms following their theatrical release. She also spearheads the company's rapidly growing electronic home video license and video-on-demand businesses, negotiating key movie output deals with a wide range of distributors and platforms, including cable, satellite TV, telcos and digital providers such as Apple's iTunes, Microsoft's Xbox, Sony's PlayStation, Google's YouTube/Google Play and Toys 'R' Us Movies. Marinelli also oversaw negotiations and closed a groundbreaking promotion last fall with T-Mobile to virtually preload "Marvel's The Avengers" on all Samsung Galaxy S III phones. On the subscription video-on-demand front, DADT manages the studio's entertainment service, Disney Family Movies, which is distributed nationally by content providers including Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-Verse, and Verizon/FiOS.
In addition, DADT currently licenses its films in pay television to Starz and has an exclusive output agreement with Showtime to provide theatrical releases produced by DreamWorks Studios. Under Marinelli's leadership, in December the company entered into a groundbreaking multi-year licensing agreement that will make Netflix the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for Disney's first-run live-action and animated films in the pay window, beginning with those released theatrically in 2016. The division also licenses its feature films and top-notch movie packages to basic cable and broadcast television. Recent high-profile sales include "Brave," "The Muppets" and "The Help."
With Marinelli at the helm, DADT also licenses television programming from The Disney-ABC Television Group portfolio, distributing first-run and off-network content across multiple outlets and platforms. DADT strategically pursues electronic home video license opportunities for select television inventory with platforms such as iTunes, PlayStation, Xbox, Amazon Instant Video and Google Play. The division has several licensing agreements in place with the subscription-based service Netflix, which provides select series and made-for-television movies for their members to stream over the internet. Marinelli's team also has agreements in place with the subscription services Amazon Prime and Comcast's Streampix, which allow members to instantly stream a selection of library content from ABC Studios, Disney Channel, ABC Family and Marvel.
DADT's stellar first-run lineup of television programming includes "Katie," "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" and "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." Hosted by award-winning journalist, best-selling author and iconic television personality Katie Couric, "Katie" premiered in September and is the No. 1 new syndicated talk show of the season, with clearances representing more than 96% of the country. This year Marinelli played a pivotal role in the immensely successful effort to find a permanent co-host for "LIVE" alongside Kelly Ripa. The addition of NFL legend Michael Strahan has been a seamless transition to the daytime ratings powerhouse. And the hit game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," which is currently in its 11th season, recently implemented exciting and dramatic format changes.
The division also brings a host of break-out primetime favorites to broadcast syndication and basic cable under Marinelli's direction. Among its most recent lucrative high-profile cable sales are "Dancing with the Stars," "Cougar Town," "Wipeout" and the captivating hit crime drama "Castle." In addition DADT just successfully launched "Castle" this fall in broadcast syndication, along with "Private Practice."
In addition to licensing the studio's films in Canada and having entered into a substantial output deal with CTV, DADT also distributes an extensive amount of television programming throughout the country. Marinelli oversees the Canadian rights to all television content produced by The Walt Disney Company across multiple broadcasters and platforms. "Dancing with the Stars," "The Amazing Race," "Once Upon a Time," "Revenge" "The View," "Jimmy Kimmel," "20/20" "Switched at Birth," "A.N.T. Farm" and "Doc McStuffins" are just a few of the company's hit programs that are currently licensed to Canadian broadcasters. Last year the division successfully negotiated a licensing agreement with Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment to bring the successful millennial-targeted ABC Family brand to Canada with a dedicated 24-hour channel and multi-platform offering named ABC Spark.
Marinelli joined The Walt Disney Company in 1985 as an account executive. She later served as director of sales, western division before assuming the role of senior vice president of sales. She was named executive vice president in 1996 and president in 1999.
A native of New York, Marinelli is a graduate of St. John's University. She is married to Tom Mazza and they have three children.