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Netflix’s Bela Bajaria restructures exec team, looks to fill head of U.S. series role

Netflix’s head of global TV Bela Bajaria is restructuring her management team just over a month after moving into the role as part of a shuffle at the streamer that saw long-time original ...
October 28, 2020

Netflix’s head of global TV Bela Bajaria is restructuring her management team just over a month after moving into the role as part of a shuffle at the streamer that saw long-time original content VP Cindy Holland depart.

The setup is meant to streamline the structure in the U.S. to comedy, drama and unscripted teams with a new team dedicated to overall deals.

Bajaria is yet to fill the role for head of U.S. series. Until then, reporting to the executive are Brian Wright — named head of overall deals, original series — and Brandon Riegg, who continues as head of non-fiction series and comedy specials.

Peter Friedlander, previously VP of genre drama, is now set to head a newly created Spectacle/Event TV division. Other moves include Jinny Howe, named as head of drama development; Renate Radford, named as head of drama, current programming; and Andy Weil as the interim lead for comedy.

Larry Tanz is now head of local language original series for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Kelly Luegenbiehl, previously head of EMEA local language original series, takes up the role of head of global franchises.

Minyoung Kim, head of Korea, adds Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand to her responsibilities.

Continuing to report into Bajaria in the Asia-Pacific region are John Derderian, VP of Japan/Hong Kong/Taiwan and anime content, and Monika Shergill, VP of content for India.

Francisco Ramos remains VP of original series and films in Latin America, while Annie Mensah remains head of UK series.

Bajaria, who joined Netflix in 2016, oversees English and local language original series, scripted and unscripted, series and limited series for the digital streamer.

The restructuring follows the departure of Channing Dungey, former VP of original content at Netflix, who exited the company after less than two years in the post to join Warner Bros. TV Group as chairman.

Dungey’s exit came not long after Holland left the company. She had been with Netflix since its early days and was part of the team that ushered in its move to original content.

With files from Barry Walsh

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