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Hulu ups Belisa Balaban to original documentaries VP

Disney-owned streamer Hulu has promoted original content director Belisa Balaban to vice president of original documentaries. In her new role, Balaban (pictured) will lead efforts around the development, production and acquisition of Hulu original ...
January 22, 2020

Disney-owned streamer Hulu has promoted original content director Belisa Balaban to vice president of original documentaries.

In her new role, Balaban (pictured) will lead efforts around the development, production and acquisition of Hulu original documentaries and non-fiction series.

Under Balaban’s leadership, the company has launched original documentary films such as the Oscar-nominated and Peabody-winning film Minding the Gap and Emmy-nominated Fyre Fraud.

Throughout the executive’s time at Hulu, the streamer has elevated its slate of original documentaries with titles such as Ask Dr. Ruth and the Emmy Award-winning Crime + Punishment.

Hulu also recently announced two new original documentaries to stream in 2020: Hillary, a four-part docuseries following the story of former Democratic presidential candidate and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Greta, a feature documentary film chronicling the rise of global climate activist Greta Thunberg.

Prior to joining Hulu in 2017, Balaban served as the head of original programming at Participant Media’s cable network Pivot, where she oversaw all original series and documentaries, including HitRecord on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Truth and Power, Please Like Me and Fortitude.

She started her career working in comedy at Fox and then at Comedy Central, where she developed the Upright Citizens Brigade Show and Strangers with Candy.

Balaban then moved to producing non-fiction at Actual Reality Pictures where she served as SVP of development, overseeing all series and films including Freshman Diaries for Showtime, Military Diaries for VH-1 and Thin for HBO Documentary Films.

From there, she formed her own production company alongside her husband, Ted Skillman, where they created and produced a wide range of projects including It Gets Better for MTV, Bollywood Hero for IFC, Tabloid Wars for Bravo, and From the Sky Down from director Davis Guggenheim.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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