March 20, 2019
Longtime Netflix documentary/comedy executive Lisa Nishimura is getting expanded duties as the subscription streaming video pioneer consolidates management.
Nishimura, a former home entertainment executive at Palm Pictures until joining Netflix almost 12 years ago, expands her title to VP of independent film & documentary features, overseeing independent films, English & non-English docs, documentary shorts, and limited documentary series.
Her production credits include 2018 Oscar-winning cycling doping doc, Icarus, Oscar-nominated The 13th and 2017 Oscar-winning The White Helmets, in addition to Primetime Emmy-winning docueries Making a Murderer and Wild Wild Country
She now reports to Scott Stuber, VP of original film, instead of Cindy Holand, VP of original content.
“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,” Stuber said in a statement. “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.”
Separately, Brandon Riegg, VP unscripted originals & acquisitions, remains in charge of unscripted originals while expanding duties to include comedy specials, including standup. Riegg, who joined Netflix in 2016, now reports to Holland.
“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,” said Holland.