Disney has shifted its attention to direct-to-consumer streaming, and the company announced a new chief technology officer for the Disney Streaming business segment, which comprises Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus, and Star Plus.
Jeremy Doig is a software industry veteran with decades of experience, including spells at the BBC and Microsoft, and has spent the last 18 years working for Google. Doig will succeed Joe Inzerillo, who helped establish Disney Plus and joined SiriusXM earlier this year, according to Variety.
According to a news statement announcing the employment, he worked on audio and video compression technology as well as streaming protocols for YouTube and Chrome. He’s also worked on spatial experiences and is said to have helped lead Google’s Android Virtual Reality projects.
Doig will report to Disney Streaming president Michael Paull, who was appointed in January to oversee the company’s multiple services on a worldwide scale. “Jeremy is a real visionary who, throughout his almost 30-year career at the interface of technology and media, has been at the vanguard of making online video streaming feasible, and we are happy to welcome him to the Disney Streaming leadership team,” Paull said in a statement.
Disney purchased baseball’s tech outfit BAMTech (Paull is its former CEO) to put together the platform it relies on long before Disney Plus started, and even before Disney acquired Fox and took full control of Hulu. Despite a difficult start, Disney Plus has paid off with a service that’s fast expanding to new countries, with features like personalized profiles, 4K, and Dolby Vision HDR virtually taken for granted.
However, not all of the services utilize the same technology, and Disney’s new executive team may try to better link Hulu and its other services. That’s before we take into account any future AR, VR, or metaverse plans, the forthcoming introduction of an ad-supported version of Disney Plus, livestreaming, or gaming.