Direct-to-customer streaming is now a focus for Disney, and today the company took another step toward organizing that business Announcing a new CTO for the Disney Streaming division These include Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus, and Star Plus. Jeremy Doig is a technology industry veteran with several decades of experience including stints at the BBC and Microsoft, and has worked at Google for the past 18 years. diversity reports that Doig will take on Joe Inzerillo, who helped build Disney Plus and joined SiriusXM earlier this year.
According to a press release announcing the hiring, he was there working on compression technology for audio and video and streaming protocols used for YouTube and Chrome. He has also worked on spatial experiences and was reportedly involved in leading Google’s Android VR effort.
Doig will report to Disney Streaming President Michael Paull was only appointed to this position in January to have a global view of the company’s various services. In the publication, Paull said: “Jeremy is a true visionary who has been at the forefront of making online video streaming possible over a career spanning nearly 30 years at the intersection of technology and media, and we are thrilled to have him to welcome Disney’s streaming leadership team.”
Long before Disney Plus launched, and even before Disney Fox taken over and bought full control of the Hulu company acquired baseball tech team BAMTech (Paull is its former CEO) to put together the platform it relies on. Despite a bumpy first day for Disney Plus, that investment has paid off with a service that is is rapidly spreading to more countrieswith features like individual profiles, 4K and Dolby Vision HDR almost taken for granted.
Still, not all services use the same technology, and Disney’s new leadership group may try to better align Hulu and its other services. That’s before we do any AR, VR, or metaverse Considerations it may have planned for the future, the upcoming launch of an ad-supported version of Disney Plus, live streamingor gambling.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/3/30/23003915/disney-plus-jeremy-doig-streaming-hulu-espn-google Disney hires Google VP Jeremy Doig as new streaming CTO