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Ricky Strauss steps down from Disney+ and Hulu

Ending a nine-year tenure with Disney, the head of programming for both streamers is leaving.
January 7, 2021

Ricky Strauss, president of programming and content curation for Disney+ and Hulu, is leaving the Walt Disney Company after nine years.

The move was characterized as a “personal decision” in an internal memo from direct-to-consumer and international operations chair Rebecca Campbell.

Strauss said in a memo of his own that he intends to pursue new creative endeavors. He attributed his departure to the┬árecent spate of restructuring at the company that began in October and subsequent changes to his role, which he felt would not provide him with the opportunity to do the kind of work he loves to do and make the “intended impact” at Disney.

Campbell confirmed that the recent reorganization has meant significant changes to Strauss’s role.

Moving forward, Joe Earley, EVP of marketing and operations for Disney+, will add content curation for the platform to his remit. Earley continues to report to Michael Paull, while Brian Henderson, Hulu’s VP of content partnerships, will oversee content curation for that platform and report to Hulu president Kelly Campbell.

The executive’s departure is the latest in a string of exits from the streamer since its launch, which have also included former SVP of content Agnes Chu, who headed to Conde Nast in July, and VP of non-fiction Dan Silver moved to Netflix to take the role of director of documentary features in December.

Despite the executive churn, the company touted the service’s performance in its recent Investor Day in December, citing 86.6 million global subscribers on board just over a year after its launch.

(By Alexandra Whyte, Kidscreen, with files from Barry Walsh)

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