Universal Pictures said today it has tapped Michael Wise as SVP and Chief Technology Officer. Starting this week, he will oversee tech strategies and operations at the studio, working with SVP-CIO Steve Lapinski to handle IT matters for the film group. Wise joins Universal from Turner Broadcasting, where he was VP Multiplatform Distribution Technologies.
“Michael’s proven leadership and ability to work across multiple platforms have led to new innovative technologies that consumers use every day,” said Universal President and Chief Distribution Officer Peter Levinsohn, to whom Wise will report. “We will benefit greatly from his fresh perspective and approach as the industry continues to embrace advancements in the digital space.”
The exec had been with Turner since 2007, where he oversaw the development of TBS Inc.’s online video players and video delivery systems, TV Everywhere authentication platforms and myriad other digital media products across the company’s family of brands.