Meet the 15 power players of streaming-video marketing, from Netflix’s CMO to the teams at Disney+ and HBO Max

The streaming-video trade’s advertising ranks have had a serious overhaul over the previous 12 months.The high advertising execs final 12 months, highlighted by Insider, included Netflix’s then-new chief advertising officer Jackie Lee-Joe, WarnerMedia advertising boss Chris Spadaccini, and Hulu’s Kelly Campbell, amongst others.At the time, HBO Max and Peacock had but to launch, and Paramount+ and Discovery+ had been nonetheless on the horizon.Since then, Lee-Joe and Spadaccini have each left their posts, whereas Campbell received a giant promotion to president of Hulu, which consolidated its operations beneath Disney.At the similar time, recent advertising expertise flooded the streaming trade, together with Bozoma Saint John, the former Endeavor, Uber, and Apple exec who’s now Netflix’s advertising chief, and Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo, who joined Amazon from Mac Cosmetics to lead advertising for Amazon Studios and Prime Video. These incoming execs have an enormous activity forward of them.With so many new streaming choices, the battle to entice subscribers is at a fever pitch, and over-the-top platforms have unloaded $1.06 billion in promoting throughout digital, nationwide TV, and print platforms to this point in 2021, in accordance to knowledge from MediaRadar, which tracks US advert spend. By comparability, the sector as an entire spent $1.13 billion in 2020. The high 5 spenders each years had been HBOMax, Disney+, Paramount+ (previously CBS All Access), Peacock, and Hulu.Below are the new power players main advertising methods at every main US subscription streaming platform in 2021, listed in alphabetical order.
Andy Baker, VP of artistic advertising, Disney+; Molly Brady, SVP of development advertising, Disney Streaming Services; Trevor Kelley, SVP of advertising, Disney+

Andy Baker.

Disney+’s high advertising exec Joe Earley was promoted final 12 months to a bigger position that features curating content material for the streaming service, changing his former boss Ricky Strauss.He’s since leaned on his high deputies to execute the advertising for the streaming service.They embrace Trevor Kelley, SVP of advertising for Disney+; Molly Brady, SVP of development advertising for Disney Streaming Services; and Andy Baker, VP of artistic advertising.Kelley, who’s labored at Disney for 10 years in senior digital-marketing roles, spearheaded the service’s newest model marketing campaign for its authentic programming. The push, known as “The Stories Continue,” included a four-city tour that highlighted titles together with “The Mandalorian,” Disney’s parade of Marvel exhibits like “Loki,” and its collection like ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” Kelley additionally led the advertising for the revival collection, “The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.”Brady, in Disney’s streaming division, oversees the advertising staff in cost of rising the subscriber base for all of Disney’s streaming choices, from Disney+ to the Disney Bundle that features Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu collectively. Her staff has centered in the final 12 months on persevering with to develop Disney+’s viewers in the US whereas the service expands internationally.Disney+ now boasts 116 million paid subscribers. It additionally captured about 17% of the US premium SVOD subscriptions, the third most behind Netflix and Hulu, in accordance to Antenna’s second quarter estimates.Baker, in the meantime, led the artistic for campaigns together with “The Stories Continue” model effort and the latest advertising marketing campaign for the Disney Bundle that stars Dave Bautista.Baker joined Disney about two and half years in the past, after performing some freelance consulting work. He beforehand labored at Netflix, on the staff that drove the artistic technique and design for scripted exhibits on the platform. Baker additionally had a protracted profession at National Geographic earlier than Netflix.
Domenic DiMeglio, ViacomCBS Streaming

Domenic DiMeglio.

Domenic DiMeglio heads up advertising and knowledge for Paramount+ and Pluto TV, as EVP and chief advertising officer for ViacomCBS’s streaming division. DiMeglio spearheaded the March rebrand of Paramount+, the firm’s flagship subscription streaming service that expanded on its outdated providing, CBS All Access.The advertising blitz included promos throughout CBS’s broadcast of the Super Bowl, commercials throughout the firm’s TV networks, and different advertisements that highlighted the breadth of content material on the service that has franchises like Star Trek and Paw Patrol, and latest motion pictures like “A Quiet Place II.”Most lately, DiMeglio oversaw an “eight-figure” advertising marketing campaign for “Paw Patrol: The Movie.” It’s half of an effort to construct on ViacomCBS’s youngsters franchises to assist draw households to Paramount+, as rival Disney has performed with its streaming service.Paramount+ received off to a slower begin than Disney+ when the service relaunched in the US in March. But it has steadily gained market share. It captured 8% of US premium SVOD subscriptions as of the second quarter, up from 6% throughout the fourth quarter of final 12 months when it was nonetheless utilizing the outdated title, in accordance to the subscription-data agency Antenna.ViacomCBS stated in August that it had 42 million streaming subscribers globally, together with Paramount+ and its Showtime streaming service. DiMeglio is a veteran of CBS Interactive. He’s held numerous senior roles since becoming a member of the division in 2005. (It’s now known as ViacomCBS Streaming.) DiMeglio beforehand labored in finance at the Long Island-based media shopping for agency Primedia and at accounting agency KPMG.
Scott Donaton, SVP and head of advertising, Hulu; Michael Schneider, VP of model, dwell and licensed advertising, Hulu

Scott Donaton.

In the early days of streaming, Hulu had a novel worth proposition, letting folks watch their favourite TV exhibits and dwell sports activities on their very own phrases over the web. But as competitors heated up, the service struggled to compete with authentic content material.It falls on Donaton and Schneider to talk how the Disney-owned service is completely different from different streaming choices, and to develop subscribers — one motive why it is making a giant push into authentic unscripted programming.Donaton began at Hulu as the firm’s head of artistic in December 2019. By April 2021, he’d taken on an expanded mandate to oversee advertising technique, subscriber acquisition, engagement and retention, artistic, social media, client insights, and product advertising.The former company government helped crystallize Hulu’s model identification by the “One Hulu” initiative, led its newest model marketing campaign “Time To Have Hulu,” oversaw the manufacturing of a brand new TV collection that spotlights the subsequent technology of Black expertise, and spearheaded “Exposure,” Hulu’s first branded leisure collection with Samsung.And Schneider has steered Hulu’s Live TV companies and high-profile sports activities partnerships, together with the award-winning “Hulu Sellouts” marketing campaign, its 2020 Super Bowl spot starring Tom Brady joking about his retirement plans, and the “Hulu Has Live Sports Again” marketing campaign, which utilized digital face substitute know-how to seize digital footage of athletes like Damian Lillard and Skylar Diggins-Smith to create advertisements.
Zach Enterlin, EVP of advertising, HBO Max and HBO; Brad Wilson EVP of development and income, WarnerMedia

Zach Enterlin (L) and Brad Wilson (R).

HBO Max has a protracted legacy and deep bench of high-profile exhibits, like “Game of Thrones,” “The Sopranos,” and  “Westworld”. But as the streaming panorama will get extra crowded, Enterlin and Wilson should hold convincing folks to subscribe.The duo, who had been additionally featured on Insider’s CMOs to watch record this 12 months, have unfold the phrase about motion pictures like “Godzilla vs. Kong” and “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” And they’ve helped drive the profitable debuts of HBO Max’s authentic exhibits. The latest “Gossip Girl” reboot, as an illustration, was HBO Max’s most-watched authentic collection premiere ever. Enterlin and Wilson took over the streamer’s advertising reins after longtime advertising chief Chris Spadaccini left final 12 months, and they work collectively to guarantee HBO Max’s programming reaches the proper audiences by a advertising technique that blends knowledge and artistic. While Enterlin’s staff stays on high of present tendencies and popular culture occasions to hold its advertising recent and related, Wilson’s staff is liable for consumer development and retention. He works to hold audiences engaged by customized experiences and by selling content material associated to tentpole programming.For instance, when “Godzilla vs. Kong” debuted on HBO Max this summer time, Wilson pushed the earlier movies in the MonsterVerse franchise — “Godzilla,” “Kong: Skull Island,” and “Godzilla: King of Monsters.” Those three had been all high 10 most watched packages that week.This method has helped HBO Max surpass 67 million world subscribers in a bit over a 12 months because it launched in May 2020, with income up almost 40% 12 months over 12 months in 2021’s second quarter.
Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo, world chief advertising officer, Amazon Prime Video & Studios

Ukonwa Kuzi-Orizu Ojo.

When Ojo joined Amazon in September 2020, the stakes had been sky excessive, as that was the 12 months Amazon made enormous strides ramping up its leisure enterprise, spending $11 billion on streaming video and music content material.Since then, Ojo has led a number of large promotional campaigns for Amazon Prime Video releases together with the “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” sequel, Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse,” and Eddie Murphy’s comedy sequel “Coming 2 America.” In the latter instance, Ojo labored with Black-owned manufacturers to create limited-edition gadgets. And the week it debuted, her work helped get the film to the high of Nielsen’s streaming rankings,  the first time an Amazon Prime title led Nielsen’s rankings. She additionally tailored Amazon’s advertising to assist hold its exhibits high of thoughts throughout the pandemic. Her staff created buzz round the adult-animated collection “(*15*)” for instance by an immersive drive-in expertise that introduced the present to life at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl for followers to watch the first two episodes.Internally, Ojo led a advertising reorganization that introduced collectively the teams that work on Amazon’s motion pictures and exhibits to foster higher collaboration and extra holistic advertising campaigns, in accordance to the firm.Ojo has beforehand held the chief marketer title for Mac Cosmetics and Coty, and was additionally one of Insider’s CMOs to watch in 2021.
Sweta Patel, VP of engagement development advertising, Roku; Dan Robbins, VP of advertising and accomplice options, Roku

Sweta Patel.

Now that Roku dominates {hardware} and has cemented itself as the market chief in streaming video distribution, the firm is popping its consideration to authentic content material. Patel and Robbins, who’re behind many of Roku’s new enterprise and advertising initiatives, have a heady activity in entrance of them speaking what makes Roku programming distinctive and making certain its enterprise round authentic content material continues to develop.Early returns are good. Robbins has helped develop Roku’s platform income, which incorporates promoting, greater than 81% year-over-year, the firm stated, by efforts like the rebrand of Roku’s OneView advert platform, and by constructing Roku’s first in-house artistic and model studio. He additionally led Roku’s NewFronts efforts, boosting the quantity of advertisers that run advertisements on its platform. More than 42% of the advertisers who purchased Roku promoting in 2021 had been promoting with the firm for the first time.Patel, on the different hand, is concentrated on rising consumer development and engagement for each Roku’s platform and the Roku Channel, and has helped greater than double streaming hours for The Roku Channel year-over-year, in accordance to the firm. She’s additionally charted out Roku’s path in the authentic content material area, main offers together with the acquisition of the defunct service Quibi’s catalog in January, “This Old House” in March, and the launch of The Roku Channel’s first unique premiere of the collection “Cypher.”Roku controls 38% of the US good TV market. But as streaming development stabilizes and with the pandemic subsiding in some elements of the nation, they need to be sure that Roku maintains its lead amongst each customers and advertisers.
Bozoma Saint John, CMO, Netflix

Bozoma Saint John.

Since taking the high advertising job at Netflix a couple of 12 months in the past, Saint John has steered the incumbent streaming big because it faces elevated competitors and slowing subscriber development.The former Endeavor, Uber, and Apple exec, well-known for her private model, hit the floor working, serving to launch Netflix’s first world marketing campaign “One Story Away” in September 2020 to spotlight its authentic programming. Saint John has helmed advert campaigns that push particular person exhibits like “Bridgerton” and the shock French hit “Lupin.” She was additionally behind a lip-syncing problem on TikTook for “Selena: The Series” that broke a Guinness World Record, and a capsule clothes assortment impressed by the movie “Rebecca.”Of late, she has been build up her staff of entrepreneurs inside Netflix. In June, she employed Marian Lee Dicus from Spotify to lead Netflix’s advertising efforts in North America, shortly adopted by former Allure editor Michelle Lee to run editorial and publishing.Saint John was additionally named to Insider’s most revolutionary CMOs record in 2021.
Alexandra Shapiro, EVP, model advertising and technique, Peacock

Alexandra Shapiro.

Alexandra Shapiro has been main the advertising technique for NBCUniversal’s Peacock from its launch by the Tokyo Olympics.She’s liable for driving model consciousness and demand for the service. She additionally leads the teams in cost of communication and advertising methods, in addition to direct campaigns, sponsorships, and digital and advertising partnerships.Shapiro leaned arduous into selling the platform’s free tier round its launch. The firm thought it might set the service aside and assist it keep away from client subscription fatigue by providing a free means to watch with little-to-no strings connected.The service has additionally been pushing its authentic collection, like “Saved by the Bell” revival, “Rutherford Falls,” and “Dr. Death,” to entice paid subscribers. Original and unique content material has been a giant draw for subscribers to bigger rivals together with Netflix. NBCUniversal, which broadcasted the Summer Olympics in the US, additionally promoted Peacock closely throughout the video games. The firm stated the push helped get to Peacock 54 million sign-ups and 20 million month-to-month lively customers as of July. The firm has not reported subscriber figures. Antenna estimated it had about 3% of the US premium SVOD market as of the second quarter.Shapiro was beforehand EVP of advertising and digital for the USA Network and SYFY, overseeing high-profile advertising campaigns for exhibits together with “Mr. Robot,” “Monk,” ”Suits,” and “White Collar.” She additionally led the 2017 marketing campaign to reboot SYFY.
Patrizio Spagnoletto, world CMO, Discovery DTC

Patrizio Spagnoletto.

Hulu’s former head of advertising Patrizio Spagnoletto joined Discovery in February to assist make the TV firm a reputation in streaming.Spagnoletto serves as Discovery’s world chief advertising officer for its direct-to-consumer division, which incorporates its new marquee service Discovery+. He got here aboard after the service debuted globally in January. But he is since spearheaded a worldwide advertising marketing campaign, known as “Streaming Home Of,” that showcases the numerous genres the streaming service performs in, together with TLC’s actuality exhibits, HGTV’s residence renovation collection, Food Network’s cooking exhibits, and ID’s true-crime documentaries.Discovery+’s earlier advertising hinged on particular person titles and expertise like “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Johanna Gaines.Spagnoletto and his staff additionally leaned into the Summer Olympics to promote Discovery+ internationally. Discovery owns a majority of Eurosport, which broadcasts the video games in Europe. Discovery stated in August that it had 17 million direct-to-consumer subscribers, most of which had been from Discovery+. Antenna estimated that Discovery+ had 3% of the US premium SVOD subscriptions as of the second quarter.Spagnoletto introduced some expertise advertising Discovery’s content material from his time at Hulu. The service streamed Discovery exhibits in each its on-demand and live-TV service, although some of the on-demand programming has since left Hulu for Discovery+. Before Hulu, Spagnoletto held high roles at Steelhouse and Farmers Insurance. He additionally spent greater than a decade at Yahoo, most lately as VP of world advertising companies.Still forward of Spagnoletto is the pending merger between Discovery and WarnerMedia that is anticipated to shut subsequent 12 months, and carry HBO Max beneath the similar home as Discovery+.
Chris Van Amburg, head of video advertising, Apple TV+

Chris Van Amburg.

“Ted Lasso” — Apple TV+’s first large breakthrough — was a word-of-mouth hit earlier than it was an Emmys contender. The service constructed on that buzz by its advertising heading into the present’s second season in July.Chris Van Amburg, head of video advertising, spearheaded the technique, which included  activations at US sporting occasions; a first-person e mail push from the character Ted Lasso; and having Lasso, performed by Jason Sudeikis, announce the Olympic lineup for the The US Women’s National Soccer staff.Van Amburg additionally led the artistic and advertising methods for Apple TV+’s different originals, together with “Mythic Quest,” “Wolfwalkers,” and “Greyhound.”Apple TV+ is at a pivotal second. After debuting in 2019 with a sturdy free trial that granted Apple clients who purchased new iPhones and different units one 12 months of Apple TV+ at no cost, the tech firm has pulled again on its trial supply. It began providing three months free in July. The shift will check whether or not Apple can get customers to pay for Apple TV+ on the advantage of its content material.Apple employed Van Amburg in 2018 from Sony Pictures Television, the place he used unconventional advertising channels, together with new media, know-how, and different advert codecs, to promote exhibits.He first led the studio’s advertising for collection that had been transferring from TV to DVD. He was later put in cost of new-media advertising and oversaw digital campaigns for exhibits like “Breaking Bad.” He rose to SVP of advertising, earlier than leaving for Apple.

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