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Head of partnerships exits from Katzenberg’s Quibi

Tim Connolly, head of partnerships and advertising, is departing from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi less than a year after joining the short-form streamer. The former Hulu executive’s departure is reportedly part of a ...
August 23, 2019

Tim Connolly, head of partnerships and advertising, is departing from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi less than a year after joining the short-form streamer.

The former Hulu executive’s departure is reportedly part of a reorganization at the startup, Business Insider first reported.

Realscreen reached out to Quibi for comment, but had yet to hear back by press time.

Connolly joined the yet-to-be-launched streamer in 2018 following a departure from Hulu, where he served as senior vice president, head of partnerships and distribution.

He left that role as part of a reorganization that also brought the departure of then-chief content officer Joel Stillerman.

At Quibi, Connolly was charged with managing business relationships with subscriber acquisition partners, advertiser partners, technology partners and promotional partners.

Quibi, debuting in April 2020, is helmed by Katzenberg (pictured) – founder and managing partner of holding company WndrCo – and Quibi CEO Meg Whitman.

Katzenberg’s WndrCo secured US$1 billion for the startup in 2018, landing investments from 21st Century Fox, Disney, ITV, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, WarnerMedia and Entertainment One, the latter of which was recently acquired by Hasbro in a US$4 billion cash transaction.

BBC Studios, the commercial arm of British pubcaster the BBC, became the latest company to back Quibi in July.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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