Christina Miller (2015-2018)
Christina Miller is the former president of Turner’s Cartoon Network and Boomerang and was responsible for leading all aspects of the business in North America as well as global oversight of linear and non-linear content, consumer products and franchise management.
She left the network on November 27, 2019.
Prior to her previous position, Miller was general manager of NBA Digital and senior vice president of Turner Sports Strategy/Marketing/Programming, where she led the day-to-day operations for the NBA Digital portfolio, which included NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour digital television networks and its broadband and wireless businesses.
She joined Turner in 2005 as senior vice president of Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) and directed consumer products and merchandising strategies in the United States, including global licensing and retail business development for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim properties. Before joining Turner, Miller served as senior vice president of brand licensing for HIT Entertainment, responsible for brand strategy and licensing for classic preschool brands including Thomas & Friends, Barney & Friends, The Wiggles and Bob the Builder.
An avid lover of the arts, Miller currently serves on the Boards of The Shed and Atlanta's Woodruff Arts Center, along with Refinery 29, The Scratch Foundation, and Funny or Die.
NOTE: Do not think that Christina Miller is a bad person because these are the criticisms on this page that we don't mean in a harsh way or in ways we want her gone or dead, but are listed in a way that she should have major improvements for Cartoon Network back from 2015-2018.
- Many acquired series from other companies that the network had, left because they lost the rights, most notably the Pokémon anime adaptation from the Pokémon Company and Nintendo, which aired on Cartoon Network for ten years. In 2017, it was moved to Disney XD due to poor ratings; conversely, Pokémon is thriving on Disney XD.
- Greenlit unnecessary reboots like Ben 10 and The Powerpuff Girls.
- Made Cartoon Network go downhill again from 2016 to late 2017.
- Her job as president of the network went downhill.
- Many pitched shows that received widespread acclaim were denied in favor of shows that appeal to younger audiences in order to "avoid controversy from parents". Her reasoning is kind of hypocritical, but very stupid at the same time because the following shows that are airing on Cartoon Network such as Teen Titans Go!, and The Powerpuff Girls (2016) did receive controversy from not only parents but from normal viewers too.
- Cartoon Network tried to be hip and cool at times, with stuff like Fortnite dances.
- Under her, Cartoon Network greenlit and/or acquired bad and/or mediocre shows like Supernoobs, Total DramaRama, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Wacky Races.
- She believed there was no market for the original Total Drama series. One of the co-creators of the series, Tom McGillis, when asked if there was going to be new seasons in a September 2018 Reddit AMA, said “Nope. Sorry to be a dreamkiller, but there's no market for this experience in the wider entertainment marketplace right now.” This unfortunately soured Tom’s reputation with the show’s fandom, and the show (which had already been on a hiatus since 2014) would see its hiatus continue until February 17, 2021, when it was announced the show was renewed for two new seasons on HBO Max. On February 20th, Christian Potenza (the voice actor of Chris McClean) revealed that it was Cartoon Network that felt there was no market for the show.
- She doesn't dabble in live-action series and shows, exclusively focusing on cartoons since Cartoon Network is a cartoon channel.
- Greenlit some good shows such as O.K. KO: Let's Be Heroes, We Bare Bears, Mighty Magiswords, UniKitty!, Apple & Onion, Craig of the Creek, Summer Camp Island, Victor and Valentino and Infinity Train.
- Brought a good beginning to her presidency for the network in 2014 with The Tom and Jerry Show and Clarence, two shows that received good reception.
- Her tenure improved in recent years, as Infinity Train, Villainous, and Summer Camp Island have all received positive reception.
- As poor her reputation at Cartoon Network was from 2015-2018, she isn't nearly as bad as Cyma Zarghami, Brian Robbins, or (nowadays) Christopher Robin Sabat.
Miller had a negative public reaction to her tenure. This is mainly due to her being blamed for the network's widely-criticized daily schedule that, at least for long periods of time, consisted only of Teen Titans Go! in addition to whatever additional series was releasing new episodes at the time. Many acquired series, most notably the Pokémon anime that ran on the network for a decade-and-a-half, even made a switch to another channel and/or stopped airing, multiple original shows either ended or went on hiatus, older shows were used (mostly without the original creator's permission) to create reboots that received poor reviews, and many pitched shows that received widespread acclaim, including a sequel to Codename: Kids Next Door, were denied production in favor of shows that appeal to younger audiences.
In comparison, many point out that the team at Adult Swim is thriving during this period with Rick and Morty, which became a huge cultural phenomenon, as well as a fifth and final season of a Cartoon Network show, Samurai Jack.