Michael Paull
Courtesy of Disney
United States
2022

The Walt Disney Company

Michael
Paull

President, Direct-To-Consumer

Paull oversees the business and operational functions for Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and Star+, including marketing, technology, data science, customer service and content curation. The ex-Amazon exec joined Disney in 2017 with the acquisition of MLB-founded streaming services provider Bamtech Media, where he was CEO. At Disney, Paull has deftly managed the rapid growth of Disney+, which in less than three years has exploded to 164 million subscribers (as of October 2022) and boosted the take rate for the Disney Bundle. His next big test: launching Disney+ Basic, the ad-supported version of the Mouse House’s flagship streamer — first in the U.S. in December and then taking it global. There’s also talk of Disney+ broadening its offering into a membership plan that includes perks in the company’s theme parks business.   

Career

  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Sony Music
  • Amazon Corporation

Education

  • Harvard Business School (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
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