Disney Streaming's CTO Worked At Google On The Tech Behind YouTube

Disney Streaming -- part of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution -- has announced a new chief technology officer to oversee the direct-to-consumer streaming business unit housing Disney Plus, Hulu, ESPN Plus, and Star Plus.

Jeremy Doig has worked for Google during the past 18 years, where he created the video technologies powering YouTube and Chrome.

He most recently worked as vice president of engineering, leading the development of standards for video technology.

The new standards that Doig pioneered for online media include novel compression approaches for audio and video, streaming protocols for real-time and on-demand delivery, and spatial experiences. 

His more than 30-year career centered on driving innovation in online media technology, and includes technology roles at the BBC; The Multimedia Corporation, a BBC interactive television unit spinout; Online Magic, an early Internet website and ecommerce pioneer; and Microsoft.



Doig steps in for Joe Inzerillo, an architect of Disney Plus and other streaming services, who joined SiriusXM as chief product and technology officer in January, Variety reports.

“Jeremy is a true visionary that has sat at the forefront of making online video streaming possible in his nearly 30-year career at the intersection of technology and media, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Disney Streaming leadership team,” stated Michael Paull, president at Disney Streaming. “We have an exceptional team of global technologists, and Jeremy's experience leading transformational initiatives in complex and dynamic environments will make him an incredible asset to lead this world-class group.”

Doig also got involved in YouTube's acquisition of Green Parrot Pictures to improve video processing quality and served as the engineering chief for Google's virtual-reality team.

In March 2011, Doig wrote a post on YouTube about seeing 35 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute from people worldwide. He wrote about the quality of videos, from those beautifully shot by professionals or aspiring filmmakers using the very latest in HD cameras and equipment to those shot using low-quality mobile phones and video cameras. 

The post announced the acquisition of Green Parrot Pictures, a digital video technology company founded by Associate Professor Anil Kokaram at the Engineering School of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

They had built what he called “cutting-edge video quality improvement technology that has been used in major studio productions from Lord of the Rings to X-Men to Spider-Man.”

Doig reports to Paull, who took that position in January.

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