Ivana Kirkbride has departed her post as head of unscripted at YouTube to join competing online video platform Vessel as VP of of content acquisition. Vessel confirmed the move late this afternoon.
Kirkbride joins a content acquisition team at Vessel that has expanded from three to ten people in recent months. She will assume her post in August. Ben Relles, previously head of comedy, takes over Kirkbride’s duties, assuming the title of head of comedy & unscripted for YouTube Originals.
Kirkbride’s departure comes on the heels of last week’s news that Susanne Daniels is leaving her post as president of programming at MTV to join YouTube in the newly-created role of VP of YouTube Originals. She will join the company this fall.