News Corp. chief digital officer Jonathan Miller is leaving his position at the end of next month and will work as an "outside advisor" to the company for about a year.
Miller represented News Corp. on Hulu's board of directors—an important position, given the changes both companies are expected to undergo in the next few months. He also oversaw many of News Corp.'s stakes in digital properties, most recently Roku.
News Corp. is scheduled to split apart into two separate companies, which would make Miller's job more or less impossible in its current form. The proposed newspaper unit would likely include The Daily, one of the most high-profile properties Miller oversees (though it's been struggling), but the entertainment group would include the television networks that have deals with Hulu, Roku and other streaming services.
Kara Swisher at AllThingsD noted that Miller has a long history in digital—he ran an investment fund with former Yahoo boss Ross Levinsohn; he's also held top spots at AOL and IAC/InterActiveCorp. He still has a major hand in Maker Studios, Shutterstock and TripAdvisor, too, so it's unlikely the digital entertainment world has heard the last of him.
Miller's departure is merely the latest in a series of top-floor shuffles at News Corp. Peter Rice was elevated to chairman of Fox Networks Group last month, and last week Kevin Reilly was bumped up to chairman of entertainment. David Haslingden stepped down as COO of Fox Entertainment. Expect more movement in the top floors of the News Corp. building in weeks to come.
"As we prepare for our proposed company separation, I respect Jon’s desire to return to an operational, entrepreneurial role with a stand-alone company," said News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. "He will be missed and I can’t thank him enough for his efforts and many valued contributions.”