Fri. Sep 25th, 2020

WarnerMedia Shuffles Top Executives, Confirms Layoffs, Which Will Affect HBO As Well

WarnerMedia’s new CEO, Jason Kilar, announced a management shake-up Friday that promotes its streaming executive Andy Forssell to lead a new HBO Max operating business unit. Kilar also announced layoffs, and the departure of some top executives.

Amid the changes, Kilar announced in an email to employees obtained by Highlight Hollywood that three executives would be departing the company: WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer Chairman Bob Greenblatt, content chief and TBS, TNT and TruTV President Kevin Reilly, and Keith Cocozza, executive vice president of corporate marketing and communications.

In his email to employees, Kilar said the changes were meant to help WarnerMedia successfully reach consumers amid accelerated direct-to-consumer demand during the coronavirus pandemic. That involves expanding HBO Max’s “scope globally,” simplifying studio organization and consolidating international units and commercial activities.

Warner Bros. Chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff will lead the company’s new studios and networks group that will streamline production and programming that currently spans Warner Bros., HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS and TruTV, according to the email. Under her leadership, HBO Programming President Casey Bloys will add original content responsibilities for HBO Max, TNT, TBS and TruTV.

Chief Revenue Officer Gerhard Zeiler will now lead WarnerMedia’s newly integrated international operations for Warner Bros., HBO and Turner Networks. Otter CEO Tony Goncalves will lead a new unit combining U.S. ad sales and distribution with home entertainment and content licensing. And Chief Enterprise Inclusion Officer Christy Haubegger will add oversight of the global marketing and communications team to her duties.

The layoffs will not affect our editor.

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Written By: Amy Feingold, Entertainment Editor, Sr. News Editor

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