Hulu’s Head of Development Exits

Charlotte Koh leaves as NewFronts presentation nears

Hulu’s head of original programming development, Charlotte Koh, is leaving the company. The news was first reported by VideoInk.

No details around the departure were provided by Hulu, and the exit is puzzling especially given the timing. (Hulu’s NewFronts presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, in New York.)

Koh’s fingerprints were all over Hulu’s slate of original programming, a roster that includes heavily sponsored content like Chipotle’s Farmed and Dangerous, Seth Meyers’ The Awesomes and The Wrong Mans, a crime comedy co-produced by the BBC.

Prior to joining Hulu in January 2011, Koh was svp of business development for Marvel Studios and served in an executive capacity at Fox Searchlight.

The company provided a statement via a representative: “We thank Charlotte for her amazing contributions over the past three years, building our Hulu originals business, and we wish her continued success in the future.” An insider characterized the exit as Koh’s decision, rather than a firing or a layoff.

It would probably be wrong to characterize Koh’s departure as a sign of decreased commitment to originals as the season to wine and dine ad buyers arrives. Hulu just last month hired Warner Horizon exec Craig Erwich as head of content, a major get for the company and one that it framed as a further investment in its own slate of programs. Koh and Erwich would undoubtedly have overlapped somewhat in their duties, though it’s hard to say how much.

Hulu’s supernatural comedy Deadbeat goes live today.