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WarnerMedia Entertainment taps Michael Quigley to oversee all content acquisitions

WarnerMedia, a division of AT&T, has cemented its content acquisitions team structure for its entertainment networks portfolio with long-time executive Michael Quigley at the helm. The realignment sees Quigley (pictured) overseeing content acquisition for the direct-to-consumer business ...
February 21, 2020

WarnerMedia, a division of AT&T, has cemented its content acquisitions team structure for its entertainment networks portfolio with long-time executive Michael Quigley at the helm.

The realignment sees Quigley (pictured) overseeing content acquisition for the direct-to-consumer business as EVP of content acquisitions, while also leading newly elevated SVPs Jonathan Melber and Royce Battleman.

Melber will serve as SVP of content acquisition for HBO Max, while Battleman will serve as SVP of content acquisition primarily responsible for HBO, Cinemax, TNT, TBS and truTV.

Melber has been with the HBO Max team for a year, and previously ran outbound licensing for Turner networks, and spent several years on Hulu’s content acquisition team.

Battlement’s other responsibilities, meanwhile, include off-net series acquisitions for the basic-cable networks; and film library, international and other specialty acquisitions across all networks. He was most recently an advisor to the HBO Now and HBO Max product and distribution teams.

The team also includes veteran Turner executive Valerie Meraz, who will report to Battleman, along with Chris Grunden and Leslie Cohen, who will add film acquisitions for HBO Max to their current HBO responsibilities. Acquisitions executive Liz Bannan Atcheson, from Turner, will continue her work on acquisitions for HBO Max, reporting to Melber.

“Michael and his team have the breadth and depth of experience required in today’s competitive marketplace to both land defining content and rewrite our rules for how content will move through all exhibition windows going forward,” said Kevin Reilly, chief content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, and truTV, in a statement.

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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