Joe D’Ambrosia serves as Silvergate’s creative and strategic business leader, overseeing day-to-day operations of the company in Los Angeles, New York, and London. He works closely with the Silvergate team to drive continued growth and maximize opportunities to expand the company’s position in the market.
Previously, D’Ambrosia served as Disney Junior’s Senior Vice President, of Original Programming and General Manager, overseeing all extensions of the Disney Junior brand, on-and-off-screen, as well as all development and production of Disney’s original programming content for kids 2-7, co-productions, and acquisitions for the preschooler demographic. He was instrumental in transforming Playhouse Disney into Disney Junior and helped steer the Disney Junior channel to be the #1 preschool network every year since launch.
D’Ambrosia has overseen production and creative development for some of the most popular kid’s series, including the Peabody Award-winning “Doc McStuffins”, the Emmy® Award-winning “Sofia the First”, “Muppet Babies”, “Elena of Avalor”, “Mira, Royal Detective”, “Alice’s Wonderland Bakery”, and “Marvel’s Spidey and his Amazing Friends.” He was also instrumental in expanding the global hit series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” with development and production of multiple new series such as “Mickey Mouse Funhouse.”
Prior to joining Disney Channel, D’Ambrosia produced and developed children’s television programming and family films at Murray Hill 5 Productions, which he co-founded with partner Tom Teves. Together, they developed, wrote, and produced “Astro Boy” for Sony Pictures Television, which aired in 20 countries, and created “Golden Bridges,” based on the classic book series “Golden Books,” for The Learning Channel. Additional credits include the feature films “Mother of Invention” for Walt Disney Pictures, “Motel Galileo” and “Hello, I Love You” for Wind Dancer Films, “Escape from Island X” for Wildbrain Entertainment, and the television series “Undercover 101” for Lifetime Television, “Come Spy with Me” for ABC Family, and “Blood+” for Sony Television.
He began his career at Nickelodeon where he launched their family film division, serving as the development and production executive on their first live-action feature, “Harriet the Spy,” and their first animated feature, “Rugrats, The Movie.”