Michael Paull
Courtesy of Disney
United States
2020

The Walt Disney Company

Michael
Paull

President, Disney+ & ESPN+

When he was the person in charge of delivering Disney’s streaming apparatus to customers, Paull surpassed expectations with long-awaited VOD service Disney Plus. Launched in November 2019, it was projected to have 60 to 90 million subscribers by 2024, but by December 2020 it had already reached nearly 87 million, resulting in a new projection of 230 to 260 million. Now, he sits as president of the service and its sister streamer ESPN Plus. He first became CEO of the streaming tech startup BAMTech Media in Feb. 2017, and seven months later Disney acquired a majority stake in the company to power all its over-the-top services. Previously, Paull did a five-year stint as VP of digital video at Amazon, where he ran Amazon Channels worldwide and oversaw Prime Video and Amazon’s transactional VOD business in the U.S.

Career

  • Sony Music Group
  • Amazon Corporation
  • Disney Streaming Services

Education

  • Harvard Business School (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • New Power of New York
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MLB, Disney Tap Amazon's Michael Paull as CEO of BAMTech Streaming Venture

MLB, Disney Tap Amazon's Michael Paull as CEO of BAMTech Streaming Venture

Michael Paull has been named chief executive officer of BAMTech, the video-streaming company owned by MLB Advanced Media, the Walt Disney Co. and the NHL.Paull most recently was VP of digital video at Amazon, overseeing the Amazon Channels initiative worldwide and global content, product, technology, operations and marketing.Paull will start in March as CEO of BAMTech and report directly to the BAMTech board. He'll be relocating to New York City from the Seattle area. Disney has made a $1 billion...

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