Marcus Wiley Exits Snapchat Following Withdrawal From Original Content

Social media platform downsizes after shutdown of Snap Channel

Last Updated: October 13, 2015 @ 9:14 AM

Fox veteran Marcus Wiley is departing as Snapchat’s head of Program Planning and Development after just five months, after the social media platform shut down the Snap Channel on its publisher platform Discover last month.

Most of Snapchat’s original content team is expected leave along with Wiley, while some executives might find new positions within the company. It’s unclear just how many positions will be eliminated.

In a statement, a Snapchat spokesperson said: “Given that we are winding down the Snap┬áChannel, it’s natural that Marcus would want to explore other options. He is a tremendous talent and we wish him well.”

After launching in January, the Snap Channel included original programming produced at the company’s headquarters, which included short-form comedy “Literally Can’t Even” and the talk show “Pillow Talk.”

The Discover platform featured articles and videos from 15 media brands, which included ESPN, Comedy Central, Cosmopolitan, CNN, Vice and Yahoo.