October 23, 2020
The ongoing management shuffle at Netflix claimed another long-time executive. Nina Wolarsky, VP of original series, drama, is leaving the SVOD giant after eight years. Wolarsky’s exit is the latest following Bela Bajaria’s promotion in September to global head of television.
During her tenure, Wolarsky helped guide some of Netflix’s biggest original hits, including “Orange Is the New Black,” “The Crown” and Ava DuVernay’s “When They See Us.” Most recently, Wolarsky reportedly helped shepherd pending drama “Bridgerton,” from mega TV producer Shonda Rhimes.
“Nina was part of the team that started original series at Netflix in our early days and she has always brought great passion, creativity and taste to her role over the years,” Bajaria said in a statement. “We will miss her, but we’re grateful for her contributions and wish her well for her next chapter.”
Bajaria’s rise up the corporate ladder coincided with the departure of veteran Netflix executive Cindy Holland — who had been with the streamer since it was a by-mail disc rental service. Other recent executive exits include Anna Lee, head of global content services, Jane Wiseman, who had run Netflix comedy; and VP of original drama, Channing Dungey, the latter quickly joining WarnerMedia as chairman Warner Bros. Television Group.