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Drama Awards 2019

Netflix rejigs Nishimura, Riegg

Netflix has again rejigged its senior team, moving documentary- and comedy-focused Lisa Nishimura to the film side of the business and expanding unscripted exec Brandon Riegg’s remit to include comedy.

Lisa Nishimura

The changes, which come just weeks after the US-based streamer moved Bela Bajaria to oversee non-English-language shows after international chief Erik Barmack’s exit, will see Nishimura become VP of independent films and docu-features.

That remit includes limited docuseries such as Wild Wild Country, documentary shorts and all feature-length docs, the latter of which Nishimura was already overseeing. She now reports to Netflix’s VP of film, Scott Stuber.

Nishimura had previously reported to Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original series, who had her remit widened two weeks ago to include all English-language programming.

Meanwhile, Riegg’s unscripted remit has been expanded to include comedy, with a slate that includes shows such as Chef’s Table. Execs under his purview include Robbie Praw and Ben Cavey, with Riegg now reporting to Holland, rather than Bajaria as before. Nishimura will also retain control of some of her legacy doc and comedy projects.

“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, adding that Nishimura would work with execs Matt Brodlie and Ian Bricke to “deepen our talent relationships and give diverse and unique storytellers a home to share their films.”

Holland said Nishimura’s “impeccable vision, taste and style have shaped our original documentary and stand-up comedy initiatives from the beginning, and I know she will continue to flourish in her new role.”

She added: “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.”

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