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Warner Bros. boosts Robert Blair, Jim Brehm

Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution has restructured its executive ranks with the promotions of industry veterans Robert Blair and Jim Brehm. Blair (pictured, right) has been elevated to lead the international television sales ...
March 7, 2017

Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution has restructured its executive ranks with the promotions of industry veterans Robert Blair and Jim Brehm.

Blair (pictured, right) has been elevated to lead the international television sales division as executive VP of international sales for Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD).

Having spent nearly 20 years with WBITD, Blair will now be responsible for managing the executive sales teams across 10 worldwide field offices charged with licensing Warner Bros. programming across all television platforms, from free to cable/pay and subscription video on demand.

Previously, Blair served as EVP of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution with oversight of Europe, Middle East & Africa, and as senior VP of Northern Europe, Middle East, and Africa. He joined WBITD as GM of its Canadian operations before rising to VP & GM of Canadian operations in 2000.

Brehm (left), meanwhile, becomes EVP of global operations and administration for Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.

In this role, he will oversee all global television distribution business operations, including finance, administration, planning and analysis for Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and WBITD.

Brehm most recently served as EVP of Warner Bros. International Television Distribution with oversight of Canada, Asia Pacific and Latin America. Previously, he served as SVP of sales for Canada, Asia Pacific and Latin America. He has also held roles at The Walt Disney Company, where he spent two years as SVP of sales for Disney ABC International Television; and as EVP of international television at Paramount Pictures Worldwide TV Distribution.

“Robert and Jim have done remarkable jobs during their many years with our group,” said Jeffrey R. Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, in a statement. “These promotions and this realignment of their responsibilities, perfectly play to each of these executive’s strengths. As the global television marketplace continues to evolve, shift and be disrupted by new business models, having Jim and Robert’s leadership and vision will serve our distribution business well now and in the future.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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