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First members of new Warner Bros. Discovery leadership team named

As completion of the mega-merger between Discovery Inc. and WarnerMedia may be imminently approaching, Discovery has revealed today (April 7) the first members of the leadership team for the new ...
April 7, 2022

As completion of the mega-merger between Discovery Inc. and WarnerMedia may be imminently approaching, Discovery has revealed today (April 7) the first members of the leadership team for the new joint entity, Warner Bros. Discovery.

The team includes several WarnerMedia execs who will be continuing in their present roles under the new structure. These include Casey Bloys, chief content officer of HBO and HBO Max; Channing Dungey, chairman of Warner Bros. Television Group; and Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Picture Group.

New appointments include those of former Discovery chief lifestyle brands officer Kathleen Finch, who will assume the newly created role of chairman and chief content officer of US Networks, a consolidated organization that will bring together Discovery’s factual and lifestyle networks with a number of WarnerMedia channels. Finch’s reports under this umbrella will include Nancy Daniels, chief content officer of Discovery factual networks; Brett Weitz, general manager of WarnerMedia’s TBS, TNT and truTV; and Tom Ascheim, president of Warner Bros. global kids, young adults and classics content, on the network side of his responsibilities.

Another new appointment is that of JB Perrette, former president and CEO of Discovery streaming and international, who will take on the new position of CEO and president, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Streaming and Interactive Entertainment, overseeing the streaming services HBO Max and Discovery+.

A WarnerMedia veteran will also see an expanded role under the new structure. Gerhard Zeiler, previously president, international for WarnerMedia, will now add Discovery’s content to his portfolio as well.

These newly confirmed members of the Warner Bros. Discovery leadership team join previously announced Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav (pictured), as well as Chris Licht, who was announced as the new chairman and CEO of CNN Global in February.

“I am proud that our new executive management team blends world-class leaders from both organizations as we take our first step toward one single cohesive, collaborative culture,” Zaslav said in a news release. “Today’s announcement combines a strong team of professional managers in a simpler organizational structure, with fewer layers, more accountability and a singular strategic focus as a global pure-play content company.”

Today’s announcement came on the heels of confirmed reports that several members of the present WarnerMedia executive team would be departing upon completion of the merger. These include current CEO Jason Kilar, as well as Ann Sarnoff (chair and CEO of WarnerMedia’s studios and networks group) and Andy Forssell (EVP and general manager of HBO Max).

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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