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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.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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