He told us the other day, "I haven’t actually accepted the YouTube offer yet. We’re still figuring out how this is all going to work out, and nothing’s final yet. However, [CEO] Chad [Hurley] and the engineers I spoke with were excited about the possibilities."
Dean Gilbert is joining us as YouTube’s new Global Head of Content and will oversee our global content team as we work to expand our existing relationships and forge new ones. A veteran of the cable industry, Dean’s leadership roles have included serving as Executive Vice President and General Manager of @ Home Network. Over the last four years, Dean has provided leadership at Google across across a wide range of media products, including Google TV, YouTube and Google TV Ads.
The Kyncl hiring is particularly interesting, raising questions about what this means for Netflix, who has been pretty impressive in its competition in the movie rental industry thus far. Competition in that space is heating up, and it will be interesting to see how the company’s strategy holds up with this change.