Diane Ikemiyashiro

Vice President of Current Series/Original Programming, Disney Junior

Diane Ikemiyashiro is vice president, Current Series, Disney Junior. She is responsible for guiding the creative supervision and production of multiple series geared toward preschoolers and their parents/caregivers, including “Mira, Royal Detective,” a mystery adventure series inspired by the cultures and customs of India and the upcoming “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery” and “Eureka!”

An executive director for Disney Junior since 2014, Ikemiyashiro played a key role in launching the Emmy® and Imagen Award-winning “Elena of Avalor,” the Emmy® Award nominated series “Fancy Nancy,” based on the New York Times bestselling books, and the fan-favorite series “Puppy Dog Pals.” She served as the lead creative executive on the acclaimed STEAM-focused animated series “Miles from Tomorrowland” and its subsequent iteration, “Mission Force One.” During her work on the series, she helped orchestrate the first kids television premiere in space, with the debut of an episode onboard the International Space Station.

Prior to joining Disney, Ikemiyashiro worked in production and creative development for DreamWorks Animation where she helped develop and launch multiple family film franchises including “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “Madagascar,” “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Puss in Boots.” Earlier in her career, Ikemiyashiro served as a writer in the White House Office of Correspondence, from 1995-1999.

A native of Los Angeles, Ikemiyashiro received a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University at Fullerton. She is a member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and currently serves as a mentor for Colour Entertainment and APIA Scholars, the nation’s largest non-profit provider of college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIA).