Bela Bajaria and Lisa Nishimura are pioneering executives at Netflix.
Bela Bajaria was recently tapped to lead Netflix’s international non-English TV originals. In her previous role as Vice President of Content at Netflix, Bela oversaw select scripted and unscripted series at Netflix, including the recent hits “YOU” and “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.” Her team also oversaw the recent popular co-licensed series “Bodyguard” (BBC) and “Star Trek: Discovery” (CBS All Access) among others. Bajaria joined Netflix in November 2016 after serving as President of Universal Television, where she shepherded creative programming including the Emmy-nominated Netflix comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” as well as hit primetime broadcast series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “The Mindy Project,” “Bates Motel,” “Grimm” and “Chicago Fire.” She was previously the President of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society and served on the boards of Women in Film and the executive board of the Television Academy; she currently serves on the board of Los Angeles’ Saban Community Clinic..
Lisa Nishimura joined Netflix in 2007, back when it was still in the DVD-by-mail business–and long before streaming was a foregone conclusion. She has been a critical leader in its growth to 109 million subscribers worldwide, making it the world’s dominant streaming platform. Lisa oversees two ostensibly disparate categories–documentaries and comedies–which she blends through the belief that both are “truly social commentators of the day” (THR, 2018). She was a primary force behind documentary features like the Oscar-nominated “The Square” (2013), “Virunga” (2014), “What Happened, Miss Simone?” (2015), “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom” (2015) and “13th” (2016), as well as this season’s Oscar-shortlisted “Chasing Coral,” “Icarus,” “One of Us and Strong Island”; documentary shorts like the Oscar-winning “White Helmets” (2016) and this season’s Oscar-shortlisted “Heroin(e) and Ram Dass,”” Going Home”; documentary series like the Emmy-winning “Making a Murderer” (2015); and stand-up comedy specials like the Emmy-winning “Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping” (2016). A former medical school aspirant, Lisa got her start working for Chris Blackwell at Island Records.