*Pauline Fischer, the high-ranking executive who oversaw original films at Netflix, is leaving her post to start her own business development consultancy firm, according to Variety.
Fischer, who joined Netflix in 2008, leaves her position as the steaming service’s vice president of original films. She worked closely with chief content officer Ted Sarandos to acquire new titles for the company.
Her exit comes as Netflix has been aggressively moving into original content, snapping up the rights of such titles as Oscar documentary hopeful “13th,” directed by Ava DuVernay.
One of Fischer’s first offerings was Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” a critically-acclaimed drama starring Idris Elba about child soldiers in Africa that was purchased for $12 million in 2015.
Netflix released the title in theaters and on its streaming platforms on the same day last year, as a part of an aggressive bid to upend the movie business like it transformed traditional TV viewing with original series such as “Orange Is the New Black” and “House of Cards.”
Fischer also oversaw Adam Sandler’s “The Ridiculous 6,” which premiered last December, and “Death Note,” a thriller based on the hit manga and directed by Adam Wingard that will be released in 2017.
“Pauline Fischer has mounted an incredible slate of original films for Netflix and we are grateful to her for getting this important initiative underway,” Sarandos told Variety in a statement.
Fischer will continue to consult on active productions, as she transitions out of her role over the next few weeks. A replacement has not yet been named for the position.