In addition to Strauss’s departure, Joe Earley is set to curate content for the service. The conglomerate's leadership changes result from the the acceleration of streaming operations following theme park closures.
Disney+ Content Chief Ricky Strauss is stepping from his position following a nine year tenure. “After a great deal of reflection, he decided it was time to pursue new creative endeavors,” said Disney’s Chairman of International Operations and Direct-to-consumer, Rebecca Campbell, adding that “the recent company reorganization led to a significant change in Ricky’s role.”
His duties will be succeeded by Joe Earley, EVP of marketing & operations for Disney+, and Brian Henderson, Hulu’s VP of content partnerships. Earley will continue to report to Disney+ President Michael Paull.
Strauss accepted his most recent role as President of programming & content curation for Disney+ and Hulu in 2020, following the changes that drove streaming to the center of the company’s operations. Before his most recent role, Strauss was in charge of originals development and acquisitions for the streamer as president of content & Marketing for Disney+, which he assumed in 2018. Before the appointment, he was president of marketing for The Walt Disney Studios, covering feature releases from Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Disney among others.
Strauss’ exit follows a series of senior management changes at the mouse house, which endured losses as a result of park closures, leading to their decision to fuel their streaming operations. “It took much thought and consideration, but with our new structure and the changes to my role, the reorganization does not provide me with the opportunity to do the kind of work I love to do and to continue making the intended impact I have been so fortunate to have achieved at Disney,” Strauss said.
It took much thought and consideration, but with our new structure and the changes to my role, the reorganization does not provide me with the opportunity to do the kind of work I love to do and to continue making the intended impact I have been so fortunate to have achieved at Disney.” Ricky Strauss Former Content Chief, Disney+