Despite the reported success of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+, there’s been another high profile exit.
Agnes Chu, Senior Vice President of Content for Disney Plus, is leaving the Mouse House to become President of Condé Nast Entertainment, the media and publishing company’s entertainment division.
As SVP of content for Disney Plus, Chu oversaw the streaming service’s slate of premium feature, scripted, unscripted and animated originals. Disney Plus earlier this week garnered 19 Emmy nominations — including 15 for “The Mandalorian” alone. Chu worked with the Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, Pixar, Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and National Geographic in developing Disney Plus’ content lineup.
Chu first joined Disney in 2008 and has held a variety of roles for the company, including at Walt Disney Imagineering and as VP of the office of the CEO for former Disney chief Bob Iger. She started at Disney/ABC Television Group in digital short-form development and production, rising to current and daytime programming at ABC Entertainment.
Chu is the second Disney+ exec to leave in the past few months.
In May, Disney’s Head of Streaming, Kevin Mayer, left to become the CEO of TikTok.
Could there be internal problems at Disney+, or could these executives see the writing on the wall given Disney’s dire financial situation? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s all a coincidence ans serendipitous timing.