Former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar joins Roblox board of directors

Former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar has joined the board of directors at online gaming platform Roblox. “Jason Kilar is a well-respected leader in the entertainment and media industry, and his experience in the space is of value to the Board as Roblox continues to scale globally,” said David Baszucki, CEO of Roblox. Kilar exited WarnerMedia […]

Starz recruits WarnerMedia alum Sofia Chang as distribution chief

Lionsgate-owned Outlander and Power Book network Starz has hired WarnerMedia alum Sofia Chang as EVP and chief distribution officer. Based in New York and reporting to Starz’s president of domestic networks, Alison Hoffman, Chang will oversee all of the streaming platform’s sales activities with multichannel video and digital distributors in the US. Chang is the […]

Paramount fires back at WBD over ‘South Park’ rights dispute with $52m countersuit

The legal dispute between Paramount Global and Warner Bros. Discovery (WBD) over South Park streaming rights has taken a new turn, with Paramount launching a $52m-plus countersuit. WBD has been seeking damages of around $200m against Paramount after filing a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court in February claiming that it had breached contract […]

Warners veteran lands at Italy’s Bamboo to lead int’l operations

Italian prodco Bamboo Production has hired former WarnerMedia exec Thomas J Ciampa as chief of international operations. Ciampa will play a major role in the development of all international projects at the Marco Belardi-led firm, with the first on the slate seeing Giuseppe Tornatore return to write and direct a TV series of his 1988 […]

Exclusive: Shorts Int’l hires WarnerMedia alum for EMEA & Lat Am expansion

AMC-backed Shorts International has appointed former WarnerMedia and Mediapro Group exec Ian Carrasco as VP of EMEA and Lat Am. London-based Carrasco will be responsible for growing the company’s short film network, ShortsTV, across those territories and overseeing the rollout of the Shorts and Cortos-branded FAST channels, which have already been launched around Europe via deals with […]

Warner Bros. Discovery merger closes, creating global content behemoth

The newly combined Warner Bros. Discovery has begun trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange today, after the $43bn merger of Discovery and AT&T’s WarnerMedia closed on Friday. The closure of the deal brings WarnerMedia’s entertainment, sports and news assets under the same roof as Discovery’s array of factual entertainment offerings to create a $150bn content […]

Warner Bros. Discovery unveils top execs, hands key roles to JB Perrette & Kathleen Finch

Warner Bros. Discovery has unveiled its leadership team under CEO David Zaslav, with JB Perrette and Kathleen Finch among those taking key roles. The team, unveiled days after a slew of senior execs from WarnerMedia, will see Perrette – the ex-president & CEO of Discovery Streaming & International – taking charge of Warner Bros Discovery […]

WarnerMedia exits ramp up as Discovery merger looms

The exodus of WarnerMedia executives continues, with the company confirming that six more execs are to depart ahead of its merger with Discovery. The latest confirmed departures include Jim Meza, EVP general counsel; CFO Jennifer Biry; EVP chief human resources officer Jim Cummings; EVP chief revenue officer Tony Goncalves; EVP communications and chief inclusion officer […]

Exclusive: HBO Max Int’l boss on subs growth, scale & Discovery synergies

HBO Max has scaled quickly since launch but its international chief believes the importance placed on subscriber growth is decreasing as investors and operators drill down on longer term profitability.  Johannes Larcher pointed to the importance of scale during his MIPTV keynote yesterday, highlighting that Netflix’s international growth provides it with the means to plough billions more dollars into […]

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