Peter Roth To Manage Warner Bros’ New Global Kids And Young Adults Division In The Interim Until A New Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Is Hired

Peter Roth To Manage Warner Bros's New Global Kids And Young Adults Division In The Interim Until A New Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Is Hired
Peter Roth (Right) With Warner Bros. Animation’s Sam Register

Peter Roth To Manage Warner Bros’ New Global Kids And Young Adults Division In The Interim Until A New Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Is Hired

The CEO (chief executive officer) of WarnerMedia – John Stankey has chosen Peter Roth – the president and CCO (Chief Content Officer) of Warner Bros. Television Group as interim manager for Warner Bros’ new Global Kids and Young Adults Division which includes Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Adult Swim and Warner Bros. Animation as well as all licensed consumer products.

In total, three Warner Bros. executives were chosen by the CEO (chief executive officer) of WarnerMedia – John Stankey to run the studio in the interim after the resignation of Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman – Kevin Tsujihara on Monday this week (18th March), Peter Roth (as previously mentioned); Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group; and Kim Williams, EVP (Executive Vice President) and CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Toby Emmerich will oversee Warner Bros’ theatrical, home entertainment and video games divisions, meanwhile Kim Williams will manage Warner Bros’ other divisions such as video streaming services company – Otter Media (Crunchyroll, VRV, Fullscreen, Rooster Teeth).

John Stankey’s memo to WarnerMedia employees regarding the temporary management arrangements at Warner Bros.:

19th March 2019

To: WarnerMedia Colleagues

From: John Stankey

Subject: Warner Bros. Leadership Transition

I’ve asked three members of the existing Warner Bros. executive team to lead the organization on an interim basis until a new Chairman and CEO is named. We are doing this to ensure minimal disruption to the day-to-day operations of the studio and to provide the time we need to conduct a thorough search to find the best candidate to lead this incredible and storied business to its next chapter of growth and success. Our creative and business partners deserve this. Our company – and you – deserve no less.

The executives who have graciously come together to help me manage this business on an interim basis are: Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group; Peter Roth, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group; and Kim Williams, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Warner Bros. Entertainment.

We all recognize that operating day-to-day in this manner will be a little different from the normal course of business, but the four of us agree that we need to remain focused and steer clear of any counterproductive speculation around what this temporary leadership group portends for the future. Toby, Peter and Kim will keep us focused squarely on achieving our goals and staying on track with our ambitious plans for Warner Bros. this year.

I will work closely with the three of them during this period to help make sure issues are quickly addressed and operations continue to progress in the normal course of business. Toby, Peter and Kim will be responsible for bringing forward any matters that require broader deliberation and a more integrated review – those outside of the normal decision-making process within our skillfully led teams in each department.

To help with this and minimize organization disruption Toby, Peter and Kim will coordinate groups of their peers functioning as a team. Toby will handle matters around theatrical, home entertainment and games; Peter will coordinate all television production interests and do the same with the Kids and Young Adults group; and Kim will coordinate with all of the other areas, including Otter Media.

I have committed to moving quickly as we conduct a thorough and thoughtful search for a new Chairman and CEO to lead Warner Bros. This is an organization that has many talented individuals already operating successfully as a team. My priority is to install leadership that sustains the direction and priorities of the organization – not dramatically change course.

It goes without saying that our ability to tap into leaders of the caliber of Toby, Peter and Kim to continue our momentum without missing a beat is a testament to the talent we have across all of our companies. It also underscores the values, team orientation and spirit of collaboration that each of these executives exemplifies, and I thank them all for stepping up and leading by example.

Let’s continue working together to build an environment that informs and inspires audiences everywhere.

http://kidscreen.com/2019/03/20/wb-taps-three-execs-for-interim-leadership-team/

https://deadline.com/2019/03/warnermedia-new-leadership-post-kevin-tsujihara-scandal-1202577642/

Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Today (18th March), Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) – Kevin Tsujihara announced that he’s stepping down and leaving the movie studio. Kevin has worked for Warner Bros for 25 years, and since 2013, he was in charge of the studio. He had a promising future at Warner Bros. because of a newly expanded job role, with popular brands such as Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TCM and Crunchyroll added to his supervisory responsibilities after the announcement of the reformation of WarnerMedia only two weeks ago. Kevin Tsujihara was also the first person of East Asian descent to run a Hollywood studio.

In a Hollywood Reporter article from 6th March, it was emerged that text messages were exchanged between Kevin and actress Charlotte Kirk, according to the texts, Kevin attempted to get movie auditions for Charlotte in exchange for a sexual relationship. Charlotte Kirk has appeared in two Warner Bros. films: 2016’s How to Be Single and 2018’s Ocean’s 8. Kevin’s personal attorney claimed that Kevin had no direct involvement in hiring Charlotte Kirk. The allegations are overshadowing of what could be an exciting time at Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia as a whole.

Before resigning, Kevin left an internal memo for his colleagues at Warner Bros., the memo reads as follows:

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past week and a half, I have been reflecting on how the attention on my past actions might impact the company’s future. After lengthy introspection, and discussions with John Stankey over the past week, we have decided that it is in Warner Bros.’ best interest that I step down as Chairman and CEO.

I love this company and the people that make it so great. I’ve been honored to head this organization and work alongside all of its talented employees over the past 25 years. Together we’ve built this studio into an unequivocal leader in the industry.

However, it has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing.

I am overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and industry partners during this difficult time.

Again, I am so proud of the great work that you do every day to make Warner Bros. the gold standard in our industry. It has been a pleasure to work alongside each and every one of you, and I wish you all the absolute best.

Kevin’s boss, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey also made a statement regarding his departure:

“It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”

John Stankey and WarnerMedia’s board of directors has yet to announce who will replace Kevin Tsujihara as Warner Bros. new CEO. This is an unusual time at the company, after seeing the announced departure of the chairmen of Turner (David Levy), HBO (Richard Plepler) and Warner Bros. (Kevin Tsujihara) within the space of a fortnight. An interim Warner Bros. leadership team will be announced tomorrow (19th March).

What does Kevin Tsujihara’s resignation mean for Cartoon Network?

The resignation of Kevin Tsujihara shouldn’t directly affect Cartoon Network’s operations, as Turner remains to be a going concern as restructuring can be a lengthy and difficult process and WarnerMedia’s future plans were only announced two weeks ago. Christina Miller remains to be President and General Manager of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim.

https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/kevin-tsujihara-warner-bros-sexual-impropriety-1203165653/

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-kevin-tsujihara-exit-as-studio-chief-1054951

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/i-need-be-careful-texts-reveal-warner-bros-ceo-promoted-actress-apparent-sexual-relationship-1192660

Cartoon Network Is Now A Part Of Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults, Turner To Be Fully Integrated Into WarnerMedia

Cartoon Network Is Now A Part Of Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults, Turner To Be Fully Integrated Into WarnerMedia

Cartoon Network Is Now A Part Of Warner Bros. Global Kids & Young Adults, Turner To Be Fully Integrated Into WarnerMedia

Today (4th March), AT&T’s WarnerMedia has announced a new organisation structure which will cause Turner and HBO to cease being semi-autonomous subsidiaries and will become fully integrated into WarnerMedia. Amid speculation towards the end of last week (28th February/1st March), WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has officially announced that Bob Greenblatt, who was most recently Chairman for NBC Entertainment, will become Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. The WarnerMedia Entertainment division will include Turner’s general entertainment channels such as TNT, TBS and also HBO’s channels, however, TCM, along with streaming media division – Otter Media are now under Warner Bros. Last week, Turner President David Levy and HBO President Richard Plepler announced that they’re leaving the company.

According to prior reports from various news outlets, it was suggested that a full Turner/HBO merger will happen, but now it seems that Turner is splitting up into separate WarnerMedia departments.

Cartoon Network’s owners – Turner has been split up into three parts within the WarnerMedia group, WarnerMedia Entertainment, WarnerMedia News and Sports and Warner Bros.’s new department –
Global Kids & Young Adults which will include Turner’s kids and young adults brands – Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim as well as its international brands – Cartoonito, Boing, Toonix and Toonami. Kevin Tsujihara, the Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros will oversee the new Global Kids & Young Adults business. The president of Turner International, Gerhard Zeiler has been promoted as WarnerMedia’s Chief Revenue Officer and will be in charge of WarnerMedia’s Affiliates and Advertising Sales Group. Also, Jeff Zucker will become Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and President of CNN.

My analysis on the restructuring:

Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) has owned Turner since 1996, but the kids and young adults part of the company has been treated separately from Warner Bros for over 22 years, as a result, Turner had to do content deals with Warner Bros as if it was negotiating with a different company. The new restructuring will enable Cartoon Network to directly utilise Warner Bros’s movie, animation and video games divisions, which will enable the company to compete against against the likes of Disney, it also means that Cartoon Network and Hanna-Barbera are finally reunited at last. The downside to the restructuring is that it could lead to job losses because of common functions among businesses. The Turner brand name will live on in WarnerMedia’s TNT, TBS and TCM channel brand names. AT&T originally said they wouldn’t change anything at Turner, but this is no longer the case.

https://www.regularcapital.com/2019/03/att-to-combine-warnermedias-turner-and-hbo-divisions-turner-president-david-levy-and-hbo-president-richard-plepler-to-leave-the-company/

From The WarnerMedia Press Release: WarnerMedia Announced New Organizational Model And Leadership Team

WarnerMedia today announced a new organizational model to accelerate the investment in and development of content. WarnerMedia will organize its teams around entertainment networks, live programming, content production and affiliate and advertising sales.

As part of the organizational announcement, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey announced that Robert Greenblatt, who was most recently Chairman for NBC Entertainment, will take on the role as Chairman, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-to-Consumer. Stankey also announced expanded roles for Jeff Zucker, who becomes Chairman, WarnerMedia News & Sports, and President, CNN; and for Kevin Tsujihara, who continues as Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. with additional responsibilities including a new global kids and young adults business; and Gerhard Zeiler, who has been elevated from President, Turner International to WarnerMedia Chief Revenue Officer.

“We have done an amazing job establishing our brands as leaders in the hearts and minds of consumers,” said Stankey. “Adding Bob Greenblatt to the WarnerMedia family and expanding the leadership scope and responsibilities of Jeff, Kevin and Gerhard – who collectively have more than 80 years of global media experience and success – gives us the right management team to strategically position our leading portfolio of brands, world-class talent and rich library of intellectual property for future growth.”

WarnerMedia Entertainment led by Bob Greenblatt will include HBO, the linear cable networks TNT, TBS and truTV, and the Direct-to-Consumer business. This change will provide the company with the agility and flexibility needed to build WarnerMedia’s brands across a variety of evolving distribution models with a more coordinated approach to the company’s original programming.

WarnerMedia News & Sports will include CNN Worldwide (CNN, CNN.com, CNN International, CNN en Español, HLN, Great Big Story), Turner Sports, Bleacher Report and the AT&T Regional Sports Networks. Jeff Zucker will continue to lead CNN and now run this expanded organization to capitalize on the importance of live news and sports content, as well as helping to build on the strengths of the company’s two industry-leading digital properties – CNN.com and Bleacher Report – to benefit consumers and advertisers in their respective market segments.

Warner Bros.’ film, television, and games operations will add a new Global Kids & Young Adults business that brings together the family, kids and animation efforts from across WarnerMedia, including Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang. Additionally, Otter Media, Turner Classic Movies and all activities around licensed consumer products development for WarnerMedia properties will also reside here. Kevin Tsujihara will spearhead these efforts and continue to lead Warner Bros. which, under his direction, has become the only studio with premiere positions in television, film and videogames.

The company will consolidate all WarnerMedia Affiliates and Advertising Sales Groups under one unified structure led by Gerhard Zeiler. He will utilize his broad experience in both public and commercial broadcasting sectors across multiple geographies to unite all of the WarnerMedia network affiliate sales and advertising sales businesses to help benefit advertisers, distributors, partners and the company.

Mr. Greenblatt said, “I’m honored to be joining WarnerMedia during such an exciting time for the company and the industry as a whole, and I look forward to working alongside the many talented executives and team members across the company. WarnerMedia is home to some of the world’s most innovative, creative and successful brands and we’re in a unique position to foster even deeper connections with consumers. And it goes without saying I will always have a soft spot in my heart for HBO going back to the rewarding experience I had producing Alan Ball’s Six Feet Under.”

Greenblatt is a seasoned television veteran and producer who was most recently Chairman of NBC Entertainment where he helped to transform NBC into the highest-rated, most-watched, and most- awarded broadcast network with hit programming like This Is Us, The Good Place, the Chicago trilogy, The Voice, and a series of live musicals and events. He has strong relationships with talent and deep experience on both the production and programming sides of the business for network and cable television, giving him a unique understanding of running and developing a content business. His career began at the Fox network where he delivered iconic shows such as Beverly Hills 90210, Melrose Place, Party of Five, The X-Files, Ally McBeal and King of the Hill. He then rebranded Showtime for the modern era with signature series such as Weeds, Dexter, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie, and Shameless. As a respected and award-winning producer he was awarded the Golden Globe and Peabody awards for HBO’s classic series Six Feet Under; and he has two Tony awards for his work on Broadway.

About WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences.

https://www.warnermediagroup.com/newsroom/press-releases/2019/03/04/warnermedia-announces-new-organizational-model-and-leadership