One of the major scripted executives at Disney+ in the UK, Johanna Devereaux, has left to work at Apple TV+. Johanna was the VP of Scripted Content and DE&I Strategy at Disney+ and was behind the launch of over 34 Disney+ originals, including “Extraordinary”, “Wedding Season”, and “The Good Mothers”.
At Apple TV+, Johanna will be working with the drama team run by Jay Hunt, who has previously worked on “Slow Horses”, “Hijack” and “Bad Sisters.”
Before working at Disney+, Johaanna worked as the Director of Development for ABC Studios International, and was responsible for establishing the studio’s first scripted strategy outside of North America and helped create a slate of original programming across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific, which included shows like “Harrow” and “The Gloaming”.
Following her departure, Lee Mason, who was behind the hit show, “It’s A Sin”, will now be leading the creative team for Disney+, which includes Jonny Richards and Hannah Scott. Lee will also be taking on all of the responsibility for projects set to launch from January onwards as well as the full scripted development slate. The Diversity, equity, and inclusion responsibilities will now be split between Mason for scripted and Sean Doyle for unscripted.
Johanna Devereaux said in a statement to Deadline:
“I am enormously proud of what we’ve achieved over the past four years: producing and launching the first slate of EMEA originals for Disney+ has been the experience of a lifetime. I will always be grateful to Liam Keelan who has led the Originals team with unfailing integrity and vision, and to Lee Mason, Sean Doyle, and the brilliant Originals gang across the region – their creativity and kindness have been an inspiration. Disney+ has some truly amazing UK and European series in the pipeline, and I’ll be cheering them on every step of the way.”
Disney’s CEO Bob Iger, has previously spoken about how the company is going to be reducing the amount of original programming it makes, including cutting back on international programming. However, Bob Iger has also said that some countries will continue to make original programming if it’s financially viable to do so.
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