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Sean Mills exits Snap, Vanessa Guthrie to lead Originals

Sean Mills is stepping down from his post as head of original content at Snap and will leave the company after six years with Snapchat’s parent. Taking over the post will ...
June 3, 2021

Sean Mills is stepping down from his post as head of original content at Snap and will leave the company after six years with Snapchat’s parent.

Taking over the post will be Vanessa Guthrie, Snap’s content director, who will now be in charge of Snap Originals and report to Ben Schwerin, who was named Snap’s senior vice president of content and partnerships earlier this year.

“During his time with us, Sean has played an integral role in conceptualizing our content offerings and building our Discover content program into a successful business for our many partners, and a critical source of factual news, information and entertainment for hundreds of millions of Snapchatters,” a Snap spokesperson said.

Mills started at Snap in 2015 following stints as president of NowThis and almost 10 years at The Onion. He spearheaded Snap’s first original series, Good Luck America, which debuted around the 2016 U.S. election. Among the more than 125 original series launched by Snap since then are Ryan Doesn’t Know with Ryan Reynolds and Will From Home with Will Smith.

“Sean has graciously agreed to stay on and help with the transition until September — and while we will miss him tremendously, we’re excited to see what he tackles next,” the Snap spokesperson said. According to Snap, its Originals have been viewed by more than 85% of the U.S. Gen Z population.

Taking over for Mills, Guthrie’s leadership team will include Anjuli Millan, who oversees production and operations for Snap Originals; Erin Keating, who’s in charge of scripted Snap Originals; Jill Dickerson, who oversees unscripted Snap Originals; and Amanda Krentzman, in charge of international Originals.

“Originals will continue to be a core priority for us, both as we deepen our content offerings for Snapchatters and as we continue to expand internationally,” the company said.

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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