Anne Sweeney Joins Netflix Board

Anne Sweeney

Anne Sweeney presented The Hollywood Reporter with the Trailblazer Award, accepted by Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media's Entertainment Group; Lynne Segall, executive vp and group publisher of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard; and Stephen Galloway, THR executive editor, features.

The streaming giant also adds Microsoft executive vice president Brad Smith, bringing its number of directors to nine.

Netflix said Monday it has added Anne Sweeney to its board. Until recently, Sweeney was co-chair Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television at the Walt Disney Company.

Also joining the board is Brad Smith, executive vp and general counsel, legal and corporate affairs at Microsoft Corp.

The appointments bring the total number of Netflix directors to nine. "We look forward to benefitting from Brad and Anne's perspective as we continue to build our global Internet TV network," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

Until she stepped down in January, Sweeney oversaw Disney's cable, broadcast and satellite properties around the world since 2004. Previously, she helped establish and served as chairman and CEO of the FX Networks, part of 21st Century Fox. Earlier in her career, she spent more than 12 years at Viacom's Nickelodeon.

Smith joined Microsoft in 1993. His areas of expertise include competition law, intellectual property, government surveillance and privacy.