Warner Bros. Entertainment

Warner Bros. creates OTT division

Warner Bros. has created a digital networks division that will house the Hollywood studio’s over-the-top assets and lead a push into OTT services. Craig Hunegs will lead Warner Bros. Digital Networks as president, a role he will fulfil alongside his Warner Bros. Television Group president of business and strategy post. Warner Bros.’s sister companies HBO […]

Amazon preps first German original

Amazon Prime Instant Video has ordered its first original German drama. Wanted will star movie actor Matthias Schweighöfer, and debut on the SVOD platform in 2017. E-commerce giant Amazon described the commission as a “milestone”, while also noting Schweighöfer would make his directorial debut on the show. Schweighöfer’s Pantaleon Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Warner […]

Icahn denies Time Warner stake build

Activist investor Carl Icahn has angrily denied he is quietly building a stake in US media giant Time Warner. Reports emerged in recent days suggesting Icahn was building an equity stake in the company, which houses HBO, Warner Bros. Entertainment and Turner Broadcasting System. However, Icahn told CNBC: “I don’t own one share of Time […]

Warner Bros. restructures as Fox gets China post

Warner Bros. Entertainment as handed senior exec Reg Harpur an expanded international role as executive VP Richard Fox (pictured) moves to Beijing to oversee the studio’s expansion there. Harpur – currently executive VP, operations and planning – will take on day-to-day oversight of the firm’s Amsterdam regional distribution hub, with the local country managers from […]

Pope to head Robinov studio TV arm

Katherine Pope will run the new TV production arm of film producer Jeff Robinov’s independent movie studio. Having launched his company, Studio 8, last year with financial backing from China’s Fosun Group, former Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group president Robinov is branching out into television. Former Chernin Group president Pope will run the unit, which […]

Warner, Sony launch Asian Netflix rival

Warner Bros. Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television have joined forces to launch a regional OTT service in Asia that aims to become a market-leading streamer. The Hollywood studios have formed a joint venture start-up with Singaporean telco SingTel to launch the service, HOOQ. HOOQ plans to pre-empt the entrance of Netflix, following the revelation the […]

Warner Bros. names Romano successor

Warner Bros. Entertainment has named ex-Core Media Group financial chief Kim Williams as its CFO following the move to promote long-serving Ed Romano to vice-chairman. Williams will be in charge of financial reporting, budgeting and planning for future business growth at the Burbank, Hollywood studio. Her departure from Core comes after the US-based firm merged […]

News brief: Warner ups Romano to vice-chair

Warner Bros. Entertainment has promoted long-serving CFO and executive VP Ed Romano to vice-chairman. The newly created post comes after close to five decades of service at the Burbank studio. Romano joined Warner in 1968 and was promoted to his current role 20 years ago. “Ed is truly a Warner Bros. institution, and I am […]

Turner slashes workforce, some international cuts

Turner Broadcasting System is slashing 1,475 jobs as part of a major cost-cutting initiative. Most of the cuts will be in the US, but there will be some job losses coming at its international division. The overall figure represents about 10% of the Time Warner-owned broadcaster’s global workforce, and jobs will be lost at various […]

Foxtel conjures up Presto online movie service

Australia’s Foxtel will launch an online subscription movie streaming service. Presto will be priced at A$24.99 (US$23.56) per month and offer the movies pay platform Foxtel has on licence at that time. This will include films from MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Roadshow Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. […]