On January 15th, Disney Junior is premiering The Lion Guard, an animated series that continues the epic storytelling of The Lion King and follows Simba and Nala’s second-born cub, Kion, and his diverse group of friends as they unite to protect the Pride Lands.
The Lion Guard is executive produced by Ford Riley, who was approached by Disney Junior to develop a series that would expand on the world of The Lion King. After watching his then-eight-year-old son, Quinn, and his friends play in the park as a make believe superhero team, Ford came up with the concept of a group of heroes with different traits and qualities who share a common mission to protect others, providing the inspiration for Kion and his friends.
Ford Riley developed and serves as executive producer of Disney Junior‘s The Lion Guard. Prior to The Lion Guard, Riley created and served as executive producer on Disney Junior‘s Emmy-nominated animated series Special Agent Oso. His additional credits include Doc McStuffins, Higglytown Heroes, Teamo Supremo, Teacher’s Pet, and Recess. Riley also developed the television series Land Before Time, and wrote for Harmony Gold’s Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles, helping to revive the franchise after twenty years.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Riley attended the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, where he studied playwriting, film and theater. Riley is an active member of Talk About Curing Autism (TACA), a national organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support to families affected by autism. He resides in Glendale, California with his wife, Holly, and their two children.