Disney + in the EMEA region has hired former Fox Networks Group (FNG) director Evert van der Veer to oversee programming in the region.
Van der Veer, who started this week, becomes vice president of programming for Disney + EMEA and will be responsible for programming strategy, as well as managing content planning, operations and regulatory compliance.
He was previously FNG’s Managing Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, a position he held in 2019 following a business disruption following Disney’s acquisition of Fox.
Prior to that, Van der Veer worked at streamer Iflix, where he was responsible for content for Africa and the Middle East. He also worked at Viacom, working on linear and OTT platforms, and will be based in Amsterdam in his new role, with regular trips to London and other EMEA markets.
The appointment is the latest EMEA expansion for Disney +, which revealed in August that it plans to produce 60 originals in the region by 2024.
Jan Koeppen, president of Disney for the EMEA region, said the Mouse House was focusing on the “afterburning” of its production efforts in Europe and was now “much more focused and much more invested” in telling stories of the region.
Slate shows include Kaiser Karl from the French prodco Gaumont, Nautilus British prodcos Moonriver TV and Seven Stories, and The city of the sultan, a German series from Two Moons Pictures.