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Netflix Divides Animated Series Leadership in Wake of Mike Moon’s Departure

Former HBO Max SVP Billy Wee joins the streamer as Director of Adult Animation Comedy Series, while Jermaine Turner is promoted to Director of Adult Animation Action Series; Maggie Malone joins as VP of Animation Film, reporting to recently named VP Karen Toliver.

Moving the fill the management void left in the wake of Mike Moon’s July exit as head of adult animation, Netflix has hired former HBO SVP of Comedy & Animation Billy Wee as Director of Adult Animation Comedy Series, and promoted Jermaine Turner to Director of Adult Animation Action Series. The pair will report directly to John Derderian, VP Animation Series.

Wee worked at TBS before getting promoted to oversee original animation at HBO Max in 2019. His animated series work there included Ten Year Old Tom and Close Enough. Before joining the streamer in 2020, Turner spent over 20 years in various development roles across Disney animation and live-action.

On the animation film side, Maggie Malone has joined Netflix as VP of Animation Film, reporting directly to VP Karen Toliver. Malone previously worked at the Walt Disney Animation Studios for over a decade as Head of Creative Affairs and Creative Development and was also an EP at Illumination. A tenured creative executive producer in the animation world, Malone worked on Academy-Award-winning films such as Zootopia, Frozen, Big Hero 6, Moana, Wreck-It Ralph, Ralph Breaks the Internet, as well as The Princess and the Frog and Bolt.

Netflix has weathered a series of recent challenges brought on by budget cuts and shifts in programming direction related to subscriber losses and the global economic slowdown. This past July, Toliver was named VP of Animation Film Content, taking over from Melissa Cobb, while Traci Balthazor was named VP of Animation Film Production. In September, Netflix Animation laid off 30 employees after a rash of layoffs earlier in the year as the streamer canceled plans to produce several animated series already in development.

Cobb will continue at Netflix as a producer. Last month, Moon joined Illumination Entertainment to launch his own label, Moonlight, focused on developing programming outside the studio’s family focus.  

Source: Netflix

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.