January 6, 2021
Ricky Strauss, president of programming and content curation for Disney+ and Hulu, is leaving. Strauss, who has been with Disney for nine years, reportedly is leaving on his own accord following senior management changes. His position will be assumed by Joe Earley, who reports to Michael Paull, president of Disney+ and ESPN+.
In the restructuring last year, Strauss had seen his position overseeing original content for Disney+ moved to Disney Studios. After some consideration, Strauss decided to move on, according to a staff memo from Rebecca Campbell, Disney’s chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & International.
“Ricky has been an incredibly creative, dedicated leader and friend to so many of us at Disney,” Campbell wrote. “Ricky’s leadership of the Disney+ Content & Marketing efforts leading up to and following the launch of Disney+ has been remarkable — and we are so appreciative of his expertise, passion and care.”
Strauss, who thanked Campbell, Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Executive Chairman Bob Iger for their understanding of his personal decision to leave, said it had been “a privilege” to help create and launch Disney+ in November 2019.
“None of this would have been possible without the company’s thoughtful risk-taking and strong focus on creating dynamic entertainment and value for our consumers,” he wrote.