HBO’s streaming service HBO Max is poised to launch in the USA in the first half of May. With the launch fast approaching, the head honchos at WarnerMedia and AT&T have zeroed in on the perfect candidate to take over the position of CEO of WarnerMedia. Parent company AT&T has appointed media and entertainment savant Jason Kilar as the new CEO of WarnerMedia.
Kilar will oversee operations at all the WarnerMedia entities – HBO, Warner Bros., the Turner cable networks including TNT, TBS and CNN, and Otter Media. He will also have to ensure a glitch-free launch of HBO Max, amidst the rampaging Coronavirus and the subsequent shutdown in the entertainment industry.
Jason Kilar comes with hefty credentials to his name. He was the founding CEO at Hulu, and served as Hulu CEO from 2007 to 2013. Before that, he had served at diverse positions at Amazon, from 1997 to 2006, and was SVP when he left Amazon. After his stint at Hulu, Kilar co-founded streaming service Vessel, and was its CEO from 2013 to 2017.
With his vast experience and expertise in every aspect of the streaming business, WarnerMedia couldn’t have chosen better than Jason Kilar.
Kilar will take charge from May 1, taking over the reins of WarnerMedia from John Stanley, COO of WarnerMedia’s parent company, AT&T, who was doing double duty as the temporary CEO of WarnerMedia.
Kilar will report to Stankey, and will oversee an executive team including WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, WarnerMedia News and Sports head Jeff Zucker, Warner Bros CEO Ann Sarnoff and WarnerMedia chief revenue officer Gerhard Zeiler.
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