BAMTech has chosen a leader for the Disney streaming service currently in development: Kevin Swint has been named senior vice president and general manager for the project. As first reported by Variety, Swint will be tasked with overseeing development and operations of the upcoming direct-to-consumer video service.
Swint began working for BAMTech this month. Initially buying up 33 percent of the streaming service developer in 2016, Disney announced in August of last year that they were putting $1.58 billion down to purchase a majority of BAMTech. This investment was made to facilitate the creation and eventual launch of both an ESPN streaming service and a Disney streaming service.
Swint’s resume includes time at both Apple and Samsung. At Apple, he served for five years as the director of iTunes international movies, and more recently at Samsung, he oversaw Milk Music and Milk Video. He managed digital products and services for Walmart earlier in his career.
Launching in 2019, Disney’s streaming service is expected to have between 7 and 8 thousand episodes of Disney/ABC television, 3 or 4 original movies, and 3 or 4 original series including a live-action Star Wars series and a High School Musical series.