President, Walt Disney Feature Animation
As president of Walt Disney Feature Animation, David Stainton is responsible for all Disney animated features, Disney Video Premieres and DisneyToons products.
Stainton joined The Walt Disney Company in 1989 as manager of special projects for Walt Disney Pictures and Television. In 1991, he crossed over to Feature Animation, where he served in a series of positions, with each new role increasing the scope of his responsibilities. In January 1998, Stainton was named senior vice president of creative affairs for Walt Disney Feature Animation, where he was charged with overseeing Disney's animation studio in Paris. The facility houses 150 artists from 13 countries. During his tenure, Stainton worked on numerous successful films including "The Lion King," "Toy Story," "Mulan," "Tarzan," "Hercules," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," "Pocahontas," and "Dinosaur."
Stainton returned to the Burbank studio as executive vice president of Walt Disney Television Animation in January 2000 and was elevated to president of that division in early 2002. In that role, Stainton oversaw the day-to-day operations for the division's animated television series, Disney Video Premieres and DisneyToons. In January 2003, Stainton was promoted to president of Walt Disney Feature Animation.
Stainton holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's degree in business administration from Harvard.