Susanne Daniels, the global head of original content at YouTube, will exit the company in March after more than six years with the Google-owned platform, an individual with knowledge of the matter confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
Daniels — a veteran TV executive who held top roles at MTV, Lifetime and The WB Network — was responsible for overseeing premium scripted programming on the video platform as YouTube began focusing on subscription content in 2015. Shows developed under her leadership included Cobra Kai, On Becoming A God In Central Florida and a TV show based on the Step Up franchise — all of which eventually moved to other distributors after YouTube shifted away from original scripted content for its paid subscription service, YouTube Premium.
Instead, YouTube has focused on original unscripted and documentary series with the release of Will Smith’s Best Shape of My Life, Michelle Obama’s Creators for Change, Demi Lovato’s Dancing With the Devil and a documentary about Alicia Keys, among others.
Deadline first reported Daniels’ departure.
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