Alumni Spotlight Profile

Adam Bonnett '86
As Senior Vice President of Original Programming for the Disney Channel, Adam Bonnett, class of ’86, is responsible for developing and overseeing today’s most popular programming for kids and tweens around the globe, including Hannah Montana. This Emmy Award-nominated series, which catapulted Miley Cyrus to international stardom, was built into a hugely successful television franchise for The Walt Disney Company. It includes multi-platinum soundtracks, a record-setting 3D movie and top-grossing feature films. Adam is also responsible for the top programs among kids, including the Emmy Award-winning The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The Suite Life on Deck, Sonny With A Chance and Good Luck Charlie.

Adam recalls how his time at CESJDS helped shape his outlook.

“I started at CESJDS not knowing how to speak Hebrew,” Adam said. “A few years later I was on stage performing plays (and attempting to sing) entirely in Hebrew! I didn’t know what I was singing or saying, but CESJDS taught me the importance of stepping out of my comfort zone when I wanted to accomplish something. Fortunately, I realized in high school that I couldn’t sing, but to this day I think of CESJDS when I take on new personal and professional challenges.”

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