Charlie Collier leaves Fox to join Roku – Deadline

Charlie Collier leaves Fox to join Roku – Deadline

Fox Entertainment president Charlie Collier is leaving the linear network to join Roku.

He joins as president of Roku Media, effective in late October, based in New York.

The surprising move is a major statement of intent from Roku.

Collier will oversee advertising and content at the digital broadcast company. He will lead Roku Media globally, managing its ad platform business as well as content for Roku owned and operated channels, including The Roku Channel.

During his time with the linear network, which came largely after the sale of most of 21St. Century Fox to The Walt Disney Company, was responsible for acquiring the free streamer Tubi, launching Studio Ramsay Global with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, launching Blockchain Creative Labs, and acquiring Bento Box Entertainment and MarVista Entertainment.

Roku has been getting more and more into the game of original content. He acquired the assets of the short-lived Quibi service and hired former ITV America content director David Eilenberg as director of originals.

The company has plans to further bolster its portfolio of original series and movies with plans to order around 50 series and movies in the next two years.

He released his first feature film: Zoey’s Extraordinary Christmas – in December, a follow-up to NBC’s canceled series, and earlier this week revealed plans to have a second exclusive window, after Spectrum Originals, for Nick Stoller and Carla Kettner’s Florida drama. Beg.

Roku has also been recruiting for the last 18 months; Deadline revealed last year that he had hired two Quibi executives: Colin Davis was tapped as Head of Scripted Originals and Brian Tannenbaum as Head of Alternative Originals.

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Alison Levin, VP, Ad Revenue and Marketing Solutions, Louqman Parampath, VP, Ad Product, Mirjam Laux, VP, International Advertising and Content, and Rob Holmes, VP, Programming will report to Collier.

Collier’s hiring comes as part of a trio of moves for Roku, which also sees Mustafa Ozgen and Gidon Katz promoted to President, Devices and President, Consumer Experience, respectively.

All three report to Anthony Wood, founder and CEO of Roku.

“There is a tremendous opportunity to accelerate and further evolve Roku’s business as the streaming platform built for advertising, and Charlie is the perfect person to help us capitalize on the moment,” said Wood. “He is a proven leader who brings a wealth of experience, an evolving business history, strong creative instincts, talented relationships, and a track record of revenue and growth. He will play an integral role in helping us achieve even greater success as a next-generation media company.”

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