December 6, 2020 |

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Netflix poaches Disney+ unscripted chief Dan Silver for documentaries

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Dan Silver

Netflix has hired Disney+’s VP of non-fiction originals Dan Silver to lead its documentary features.

Silver, who was previously head of platforms and content at Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment, took on his most recent role at the Mouse House-owned streamer last year.

However, he is now leaving to join Netflix as director of documentary feature films, reporting into Lisa Nishimura, VP of independent film & documentary features.

During his time at Disney, Silver worked on shows including Marvel’s 616, Muppets Now and The Imagineering Story at Disney+.

Silver’s departure comes shortly after his team were moved to work under Gary Marsh, who was appointed chief creative officer of Disney branded TV content following Disney’s vast restructuring overhaul.

US reports suggest around 100 people were laid off last week from Disney’s TV operations, with those cuts coming just days after it was revealed that Disney Television Studios would be reduced to two teams, falling under the banners of ABC Signature and 20th Television.

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