Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi Taps Former Hulu Execs Tim Connolly, Jim O’Gorman

The ex-Hulu employees join former DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson, who was brought on as head of operations for content

Last Updated: January 16, 2019 @ 10:41 AM

Tim Connolly and Jim O’Gorman, two former Hulu executives, have found a new home at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s billion-dollar video upstart Quibi.

Connolly, who previously served as the senior vice president of partnership and distribution at Hulu, joins Quibi as its head of partnerships and advertising. In the new role, the former VP will manage business relationships with all the company’s partners, including its subscriber acquisition, advertiser, technology and promotional partners. Connolly had left Hulu this summer as part of a reorganization at the company.

Formerly the senior vice president of talent and organizations at Hulu, O’Gorman will carry the same role at Quibi. During his time at Hulu, O’Gorman led all aspects of talent management, recruitment, organizational development, internal communications, human resource operations and facilities.

The news follows the hiring of Diane Nelson, former president of DC Entertainment, as the head of operations for content for Quibi. The three join former The Hollywood Reporter co-president Janice Min, who was hired back in September as a content executive.

Founded by Katzenberg and headed by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Quibi closed a $1-billion round of funding in August from big-name investors such as 21st Century Fox, Disney, NBCUniversal, Viacom and WarnerMedia.

“It is exciting to see Hollywood embracing this new technology distribution platform built for the way we watch today,” Katzenberg said during the funding announcement. “NewTV will access the best talent and intellectual property for this next era in entertainment. We are already seeing tremendous interest from Hollywood’s top talent.”

The service will have a two-tier pricing model: an $8-per-month option that doesn’t include advertising and a $5-per-month tier that has limited ads. Katzenberg is expected to launch the service in either late 2019 or early 2020.

Connolly and O’Gorman declined TheWrap’s request for comment.

This story was first reported by Variety.