Hulu chief Kelly Campbell departs amid reports of move to NBCU

The Handmaid’s Tale

Hulu’s president Kelly Campbell has departed the Disney-Owned streamer after less than two years in the job, with US reports suggesting the exec is heading to NBCUniversal (NBCU).

Campbell left the “company immediately” yesterday, according to Disney’s chairman of international operations & DTC, Rebecca Campbell.

No reason was given for Kelly Campbell’s departure but in a note to staff, Disney’s Rebecca Campbell said Hulu “remains an important part” of its DTC strategy.

In the interim, execs including Scott Donaton, Reagan Feeney, Karin Gilford, Brian Henderson and Annie Luo report to Rebecca Campbell.

Kelly Campbell

Navigating to NBCU

Campbell’s next move has not been confirmed but US reports suggest she is in talks with NBCU over a top job at its streaming service Peacock.

The streamer, which launched last year, is on the look out for a new president after Gidon Katz departed his role as NBCU’s DTC president.

Campbell joined Hulu in 2017 following more than a decade with Google. She then became president in 2020, after Disney revamped its streaming operations last year.

The Mouse House has continued to rejig its structure more recently, with Ayo Davis named last month as president & chief creative officer at its branded television unit, replacing log-standing exec Gary Marsh.

Hulu has also been tweaking its exec line-up, with Jordan Helman promoted this summer to become head of original scripted content, following Beatrice Springborn’s move to Universal Cable Productions.

Disney is in the process of taking full control of Hulu, following a deal with NBCU parent Comcast. It means the Mouse House, which already has full operational control, will assume full ownership in 2024.

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