Disney+ VP of non-fiction originals Dan Silver is exiting the company to join Netflix as director of documentary feature films, Realscreen has confirmed.
Silver (pictured) will report to Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of independent film and documentary features.
In 2019, in addition to leading the global documentary team (English and non-English language), Nishimura was named to lead the Independent Film team. She now oversees independent films, English and non-English documentary features and documentary shorts.
News of Silver’s departure, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, comes just a few days after Walt Disney Television announced a streamlining of its programming and production operations that saw Hulu original content chief Craig Erwich tapped for the role of president at ABC Entertainment.
That move followed an earlier restructuring of the Walt Disney Company’s General Entertainment division that saw Gary Marsh, previously president for Disney Channels Worldwide, given the role of president and chief creative officer for Disney Branded Television. The expanded group now includes all Disney-branded television content made by Disney General Entertainment (DGE) for kids, tweens, teens and families including live-action and animated movies and series, as well as unscripted series and specials.
As part of that restructuring, the company reportedly laid off a number of staff across its General Entertainment business Thursday (Dec. 3).
Silver took on his most recent role at Disney+ in November 2019, overseeing all of the streamer’s documentaries and docuseries, unscripted formatted series and all variety and specials.
Prior to Disney+, the executive was head of platforms and content/new media for Marvel Entertainment where he managed all of Marvel’s digital platforms, new media and non-fiction content, launching such original series as Marvel Live! and Eat the Universe.
Silver previously served as EP for ABC News Digital and, prior to that, senior director of development at ESPN Films, where he oversaw the development and production of multiple films for the network’s acclaimed docuseries ’30 for 30.’
He further managed the development and production of ESPN Films’ Emmy Award-winning short films series ’30 for 30 Shorts,’ ‘Nine for IX Shorts,’ Errol Morris’s It’s Not Crazy It’s Sports, Eva Longoria’s Versus and Spike Lee’s Lil Joints.
Netflix’s slate of Oscar-winning documentaries includes American Factory, Period. End of Sentence, Icarus and The White Helmets.
The streamer most recently released such documentary features as Athlete A, Becoming, Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, Crip Camp and Dick Johnson is Dead, to name a few.
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