Speaker Colin Davis
Head of Scripted Originals at The Roku Channel
Colin Davis is Head of Scripted Originals at The Roku Channel, Roku’s free ad-supported streaming service, presiding over a diverse slate of programming across drama, comedy and animation. He oversees Roku’s scripted content strategy, including volume, genre, and talent for future original commissions leading a team of strategic creatives that are setting the standard for what audiences can expect out of the free streaming experience.
Davis was one of the inaugural leaders of the Roku Originals team, directly helping build businesses from the ground up. He spearheaded the production and rollout of successful series including Die Hart and Die Hart 2: Die Harter starring Kevin Hart, Reno 911! Defunded, Emmy-award winning series Mapleworth Murders, Swimming with Sharks starring Kiernan Shipka and Diane Kruger, Most Dangerous Game starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz, as well as the series’ second season Most Dangerous Game New York starring David Castañeda. His upcoming projects include Slip, a new comedy series starring, directed and created by Zoe Lister-Jones, he saved Chad, from by SNL-alum Nasim Pedrad and has a growing list of premium and successful international projects such as new seasons of endearing and relatable comedy Children Ruin Everything, created by Schitt’s Creek alum Kurt Smeaton, and high-octane drama The Newsreader.
Notably, Davis greenlit and shepherded the highly anticipated feature film Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, starring Daniel Radcliffe, to The Roku Channel. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story catapulted into the cultural zeitgeist and created multiple “break-the-internet" moments. It scored the biggest opening weekend audience in the history of The Roku Channel and went on to earn Critic’s Choice Awards for Best Movie Made for Television and Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television (Daniel Radcliffe) and a Producer’s Guild Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures. The film also earned a DGA Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series and a WGA nomination for the TV & New Media Motion Pictures category.
Colin oversaw many “Roku firsts” including the launch of the company’s first original feature film Zoey’s Original Christmas, received two Emmy nominations, and Doomlands, the company’s first-ever animated scripted series. As The Roku Channel continues to expand its slate original content, Davis is dedicated to connecting Hollywood’s best storytellers directly to its built-in audiences of millions of streamers.
Prior to joining Roku, Davis led Scripted programming for the short-form streaming service Quibi, where he was tasked with quickly ushering and developing high quality original shows with Hollywood’s biggest talent. In 18 short months he oversaw over 15 new series that married traditional media with a new innovative format and technology partnering with filmmakers including Jason Reitman, Antoine Fuqua, and Steven Soderbergh. Davis’ work has earned multiple Emmy nominations (and three wins).
During his time as Senior Director of Original programming at TBS, he was a key contributor to the network rebrand and is recognized as a champion of the critical darling SEARCH PARTY and the most watched original cable show of 2016, WRECKED. He also creatively managed six primetime original series, a late-night comedy block, multiple pitch-to-screen scripted development projects, and an adult prime animation pipeline.
Davis began his career at Fox Broadcasting Company in their inaugural Opportunity Fox program as a full-time Apprentice to the Chairman of Entertainment (Kevin Reilly). He has been recognized in both The Hollywood Reporter (Next Gen 2019: Hollywood's 35 Rising Executives 35 and Under 35) and Variety (2013 Hollywood’s New Leaders: 10 Assistants To Watch; Variety’s New Leader List). Davis is a graduate of UCLA's School of Theater Film and Television with a concentration in screenwriting.