Global streaming giant Netflix has shuffled its senior management team to reflect a clearer distinction between English language and non-English language content.
These structural changes follow Bela Bajaria’s recent move to head Netflix’s international non-English TV originals and unites all English language series – including unscripted and scripted – under Cindy Holland, VP of original series.
As such, the Los Gatos, California streamer has named Lisa Nishimura to the role of VP of independent film and documentary features.
In her new role, Nishimura (pictured left) will be tasked with overseeing indie film, both English and non-English doc features, documentary shorts, and limited docuseries such as Wild Wild Country and the forthcoming Our Planet. She will continue to manage some of the historical projects she shepherded on the comedy and documentary series side.
With an increased focus on films, Nishimura now reports to Scott Stuber, Netflix’s VP of original film. She previously reported Holland.
Nishimura’s new post marks a return to indie films for the exec who originally joined Netflix in 2007 as VP of independent content acquisition. At the time, she was responsible for acquiring indie films from around the world. Most recently, the veteran exec served as VP of original documentary and comedy. In this role, she executive produced a variety of programs including the popular true crime series Making a Murderer and the culinary program Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.
Prior to joining Netflix, Nishimura served as general manager at Palm Pictures, overseeing production, acquisition and distribution of indie, foreign and doc feature films.
“Lisa blazed a trail within Netflix building our documentary and comedy initiatives, and we’re so lucky to have her expand her role into indie films,” said Stuber in a statement. “Lisa joins Matt Brodlie and Ian Bricke, who have built our indie film business over the last several years. Together they will continue to deepen our talent relationships and give diverse and unique storytellers a home to share their films. I’m looking forward to working alongside Lisa, Tendo Nagenda and David Kosse as we grow our film studio.”
With Nishimura now taking the reins of indie and doc programming, Brandon Riegg (right), VP of unscripted originals and acquisitions, has seen his remit expand to include overseeing comedy teams led by Robbie Paw (stand-up) and Ben Cavey (unscripted comedy – sketch), as well as shepherding all documentary ongoing series.
With Holland now leading English language original series, Riegg and unscripted have shifted under her management.
“Lisa’s impeccable vision, taste and style have shaped our original documentary and stand-up comedy initiatives from the beginning, and I know she will continue to flourish in her new role,” added Holland. “I look forward to supporting Brandon and his team as he brings enthusiasm and proven talent to this expanded role, and as they chart the future of non-fiction english language programming for Netflix.”