Jay Francis

Vice President, Current Series, Diversity and Inclusion, Walt Disney Animation Studios

Jay Francis is Vice President, Current Series and Diversity, Disney Television Animation (TVA). He is responsible for managing the creative direction of production on current series for Disney TVA and working closely with the development and recruitment teams to identify, secure and mentor diverse creative talent for Disney TVA and Disney Junior. Francis joined Disney…

Jay Francis is Vice President, Current Series and Diversity, Disney Television Animation (TVA). He is responsible for managing the creative direction of production on current series for Disney TVA and working closely with the development and recruitment teams to identify, secure and mentor diverse creative talent for Disney TVA and Disney Junior. Francis joined Disney TVA in 2007. During his tenure, he has overseen creative direction on a multitude of original animated series including Disney’s five-time Emmy® Award-winning “Phineas and Ferb,” Emmy® Award-nominated “Big City Greens,” “Amphibia,” “Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero,” “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja,” and most recently, the Disney+ original animated adventure movie “Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe.” Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Francis received a Bachelor of Science in Television and Film Production from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He is a member of Disney’s Leadership Learning Advisory Board, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ASIFA-Hollywood.