Dan Lin Reorganizes Netflix Film Group by Genre, Minor Layoffs Underway

Netflix’s film division is being reorganized under new film chief Dan Lin.

While about 15 staffers are being let go, the reorganization does not represent a reduction in force — Lin will replace the departing executives in the coming weeks as part of his new vision for his group, which will now be split up by genre.

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Included in that new regime are Ori Marmur, who will oversee action, fantasy, horror and sci-fi, Kira Goldberg, who will handle dramas, thrillers and family films, Niija Kuykendall on faith-based, holiday and young adult projects, and Jason Young overseeing comedies and rom-coms.

Lin only took his desk at the streamer a week ago, but has had nearly a month to ponder what the operation should look like. He was named as the streaming behemoth’s new film head in February, replacing Scott Stuber and reporting to chief content officer Bela Bajaria.

Lin and Netflix previously worked together on “The Two Popes” and the live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender” series. Lin is best known for producing the “Lego” film franchise, Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” and Disney’s “Aladdin” remake through his production company Rideback.

“While I’ve been approached many times during my past 15 years at Rideback, I could truly never imagine leaving until Bela reached out with this incredible opportunity,” Lin said in a statement upon accepting the job. “It’s always been my aspiration at Rideback to make movies with worldwide appeal and universal themes, and there is no better place to do that than at the company with the widest global audience. It’s an incredible opportunity that I couldn’t say no to.”

Matt Donnelly contributed to this story.

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