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Disney names Jeremy Doig, a former Google exec, as the new CTO for its streaming division

Jeremy worked on audio and video compression technology, as well as streaming protocols used by YouTube and Chrome



Diney names Jeremy Doig as it streaming CTO

Disney is now focusing on direct-to-customer streaming, and the company announced a new CTO for the Disney Streaming business unit as a step towards organising that business. Disney’s streaming business comprises Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus, and Star Plus.

Jeremy Doig is a software industry expert with decades of experience, including experiences at the BBC and Microsoft. For about the last 18 years he has been working at Google. Doig will succeed Joe Inzerillo, who helped pioneer Disney Plus before joining SiriusXM earlier this year.

According to a press release that announced Jeremy’s hiring, he worked on compression technology for audio and video, as well as streaming protocols used by YouTube and Chrome. Doig has also worked on spatial experiences and has helped spearhead Google’s Android VR initiatives.

Doig will be reporting to Michael Paull, who got appointed as Disney Streaming’s president in January to oversee the company’s numerous services globally.

“Jeremy is a real visionary who has been at the vanguard of making online video streaming feasible throughout his almost 30-year career at the interface of technology and media,” Paull said in the statement, “and we are happy to welcome him to the Disney Streaming leadership team.”

Despite a bumpy first day or two for Disney Plus, the investment has paid off in the form of a service that’s fast expanding to other countries, with features like personalised profiles, 4K, and Dolby Vision HDR taken for granted.

Nonetheless, not all of the services utilise the same technology, and Disney’s new executive team may want to better link Hulu and its other services. That’s not even taking into account any potential AR, VR, or metaverse concerns, the imminent introduction of an ad-supported version of Disney Plus, live streaming, or gaming.

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