Former Maker Studios programming head Bonnie Pan is the newly named president of Endemol Beyond USA, the multi-channel network and digital production arm of Endemol Shine North America.
Pan was formerly EVP of programming at the Disney-owned Maker, a role she’s held since August 2014. There, she was responsible for original series in the gaming, lifestyle, family and entertainment categories. While with Maker, Pan oversaw the development and distribution strategy on more than 70 scripted and unscripted series, including Scare PewDePie with Felix Kjellberg (aka PewDePie), Wonderquest with StampyCat, Pugatory with CutiePieMarzia, and Party Fun Times with Taryn Southern, as well as a recent linear deal with History for late night comedy programming.
She also spearheaded strategic partnerships with Maker Labs creators including James Franco, will.i.am and Warrior Poets to co-create and develop content for digital environments.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has made a bigger mark over the last decade in developing and successfully launching original content in the digital space than Bonnie Pan,” said Endemol Shine North America co-CEOs aa Charlie Corwin and Cris Abrego in a joint statement. “Her tremendous experience from both an operational and development standpoint is exactly what we were looking for in a new leader for our fast-growing team at Endemol Beyond USA.”
Pan takes over the reins from Adrian Sexton, who stepped in as interim president in October following the departure of Will Keenan in August of last year. Sexton will continue to serve as Endemol Beyond’s chief operating officer, a position he’s held since September 2014.
Pan, meanwhile, will report to Vivi Zigler, president of digital, brand & audience development at Endemol Shine North America.
Prior to Maker, Pan was head of global programming and audience development at Yahoo Video from 2011-2014, part of the team behind the digital company’s expansion into long-form content. She first joined Yahoo! in 2007.
Former Endemol Beyond president Keenan is now president of the live-streaming platform Streamup.