Netflix rejigs exec ranks with new remits for Nishimura, Riegg

Weeks after it delineated exec ranks between English-language and international content, Netflix has again restructured its exec roster with promotions for Los Angeles-based Lisa Nishimura and Brandon Riegg.

The global SVOD has promoted VP of original documentary and comedy programming Nishimura to VP of independent films and documentary features, meaning the long-time exec will now oversee independent film as well as English and non-English doc features, doc shorts and limited doc series, such as Wild Wild Country (pictured) and Our Planet.

The projects – both comedy and doc – that she was helping to develop prior to her promotion will join her slate.

Nishimura is to report into Netflix’s VP of original film Scott Stuber, who manages all film for the platform.

The exec previously reported into VP of original series Cindy Holland, whose remit encompasses English-language TV content for Netflix.

Elsewhere, VP of unscripted originals Riegg has also been handed an expanded remit, and will now oversee the comedy teams – which finds Robbie Praw managing stand-up content and British exec Ben Cavey handling unscripted comedy – as well as ongoing doc series such as Chef’s Table.

Riegg, who previously reported into Bela Bajaria, will now report into Holland.

Stuber said: “Lisa blazed a trail within Netflix building our documentary and comedy initiatives, and we’re so lucky to have her expand her role into indie films.

“Lisa joins Matt Brodlie and Ian Bricke, who have built our indie film business over the last several years. Together they will continue to deepen our talent relationships and give diverse and unique storytellers a home to share their films. I’m looking forward to working alongside Lisa, Tendo Nagenda and David Kosse as we grow our film studio.”

Holland said: “Lisa’s impeccable vision, taste and style have shaped our original documentary and stand-up comedy initiatives from the beginning, and I know she will continue to flourish in her new role.”

“I look forward to supporting Brandon and his team as he brings enthusiasm and proven talent to this expanded role, and as they chart the future of non-fiction English language programming for Netflix.”


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