Netflix Global TV Head Bela Bajaria Sets Leadership Team


Somewhat greater than a month after being named head of worldwide TV at Netflix, Bela Bajaria has set her management staff.

The brand new administration construction places all tv worldwide beneath one umbrella, and follows a weeks-long interval that noticed a number of high programming executives depart the streamer.

“Every of the roles has greenlight energy, in order that strategy of decentralized decision-making continues as a result of it’s good for our members and good for the enterprise,” Bajaria tells Selection of the brand new construction. “I wished to remove silos and make clear the lanes, each internally and for creators, so my aim for this streamlined strategy is that our priorities are clear: drama, comedy and unscripted, and the brand new overalls staff to be led by Brian Wright.”

The reorganization additionally contains layoffs, with 10 members of the sequence content material staff leaving the corporate.

Exterior the U.S., Larry Tanz has been named head of local-language unique sequence for Europe, the Center East and Africa; Anne Mensah will proceed to function head of U.Ok. unique sequence; Korea head Minyoung Kim will add New Zealand to her purview; John Derderian, VP, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and anime content material, and Monika Shergill, VP, India content material, will proceed to report back to Bajaria; Francisco Ramos will stay VP, Latin America unique sequence and movie.

Kelly Luegenbiehl, who had led Europe, the Center East and Africa, has been named head of worldwide franchises. Luegenbiehl was liable for overseeing “The Witcher,” and in her new function will probably be more and more targeted on the enlargement of that franchise.

Within the U.S., key roles on Bajaria’s staff are but to be crammed. Foremost amongst them is a head of U.S. tv, for which the corporate is now wanting. “We now have some actually unbelievable executives proper now, so we have now time to seek out the proper particular person,” Bajaria says. “I’m going to maintain an open thoughts and meet with individuals with a various 123 of backgrounds.”

Till that function is crammed, the U.S. staff will report on to Bajaria — amongst them Brian Wright, head of general offers and unique sequence; Peter Friedlander, head of spectacle/occasion TV; Jinny Howe, head of drama improvement; and Renate Radford, head of present drama.

Dividing drama into improvement and present groups is a primary for Netflix — one which, Bajaria says, “will assist us deal with each the long run and the brief time period, and I believe may have nice inventive outcomes.

Brandon Riegg will proceed to function head of nonfiction and comedy specials.

Andy Weil is at present serving as interim head of comedy sequence whereas the corporate seems for an govt to fill the function completely.

Former head of comedy Jane Wiseman exited her function two weeks in the past, considered one of a number of execs to depart the corporate within the wake of Bajaria’s promotion from head of local-language originals. Bajaria’s ascension coincided with the departure of very long time originals chief Cindy Holland. Shortly thereafter Channing Dungey left the corporate and took a brand new function as president of Warner Bros. Tv. Nina Wolarsky, previously an exec on Dungey’s staff at Netflix, left the streamer final week.

Bejaria, a veteran of NBCUniversal and CBS, joined Netflix in 2016. Her rise to supervise all of TV and the U.S. signaled a shift by Netflix to emphasise the worldwide nature of its enterprise.


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