Turner Taps AT&T’s Peter Knag As EVP & Chief Financial Officer
Turner has hired former AT&T executive Peter Knag as EVP and Chief Financial Officer, reporting to Pascal Desroches.
Desroches had been Turner's dedicated CFO since October 2014, and he has been elevated to the new role of Chief Financial Officer, WarnerMedia and Turner Administrative Officer. In that role, Pascal reported directly to John Martin, who was Turner's Chairman & CEO.
"This is an important time of transition for Turner, as the merger with AT&T will allow us to… Read
Universal Opens New Hong Kong Office, Sets Anita Cheung Woon-Man As GM
Universal Pictures has opened a new Hong Kong office, appointing former Fox exec Anita Cheung Woon-Man as General Manager and effectively ending its arrangement with Bill Kong’s Edko Films, which had marketed and distributed Uni titles in the market.
Cheung will oversee sales and marketing and provide local leadership to all functions in Hong Kong to build an integrated and cohesive team operation. The announcement was made by Jo Yan, Managing Director and EVP, China… Read
Universal TV Ups Kiersten Robinson To SVP Current Programming
Universal Television has promoted Kiersten Robinson to Senior Vice President, Current Programming, from her previous VP role. She will report to JoAnn Alfano, who recently joined Universal Television as EVP, Current Series and New Business Development.
In her most recent position, Robinson has been charged with overseeing the production of hit comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine as well as dramas The Path, Shades of Blue and the Chicago franchise.
Prior to joining Universal T… Read
The Firm’s Mike Pence Hired By Chinese Company Bliss Media
EXCLUSIVE: Mike Pence, formerly of The Firm, has been hired by Bliss Media as a Los Angeles-based creative executive and talent manager as part of an expansion of the Chinese company's U.S. operations. Bliss, which also has offices in Shanghai, handled the Chinese distribution of Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge, which grossed more than $70 million and set a box office record for its genre.
The company, which also engages in international film financing, development, production… Read
Warner Bros Chief Promises “Lively And Honest Conversation” As Post-Merger Town Hall Meetings Commence
WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey will seek to allay concerns this week as he holds a series of town hall meetings with AT&T’s new television and film units, now that the long-delayed acquisition of Time Warner has closed and the hard work of integrating the entertainment business within the telecommunications giant’s operations begins.
Following a session today at the newly christened WarnerMedia global headquarters in New York City, Stankey is expected to join HBO CEO Richard… Read
Tronc Reportedly Set To Drop Its Infamous Name, Hands L.A. Times Editorial Reins To Norman Pearlstine
As Tronc announced today’s closing of its sale of the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune for $590 million including the assumption of liabilities, multiple press reports said it plans to surrender its controversial name.
Short for “Tribune Online Content” (and also an obscure bit of British slang), Tronc as a corporate brand tipped into self-satire when it was unveiled in 2016. Along with its rainbow-colored logo, the company used unnerving promotional videos… Read
Washington Post Staff Issues Open Letter To Jeff Bezos As Labor Dispute Heats Up
An ongoing labor negotiation between Washington Post publisher and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his employees has ramped up, as an open letter has been issued by more than 400 Washington Post staffers asking for better pay and benefits.
The signees included editorial, advertising, production, drivers and managers, as well as such prominent staff as White House reporter Ashley Parker and politics reporter Dave Weigel. The labor dispute between Bezos and the union that… Read
Marvel Television Co-Head Jim Chory Exits
EXCLUSIVE: Jim Chory, the long-time co-head of Marvel Television, has left the company.
We hear that he departed several weeks ago and that it was his decision to leave. Chory oversaw physical production for Marvel TV, which has expanded rapidly over the past five years, going from 0 to 10 live-action series currently on the air. With no new greenlighted Marvel shows or pilot currently in the pipeline, we hear Chory felt it was a good time to leave. (The company is in… Read
Mary Goss Robino Joins 20th Century Fox As EVP Global Marketing Partnerships
EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox Film has tapped former Sony marketing vet Mary Goss Robino as EVP of Global Marketing Partnerships, a newly-created role in which she will oversee the studio's marketing promotions, as well as its work with third-party marketing partners, on a worldwide basis. Her appointment is effective July 9.
It was also confirmed this morning that the studio’s EVP of Domestic Promotions & Partnerships, Zac Eller, is departing Fox for a new… Read
AT&T Boss Randall Stephenson To TW Staff: “You Will Continue To Have Creative Freedom And Resources”
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson wants his new staffers on the newly acquired Time Warner side to know he’s a big fan of theirs and assures they “will continue to have the creative freedom and resources to keep doing what you do best.”
The top exec at the freshly merged mega-company sent a memo to all employees on both sides today, shortly after AT&T’s long-in-the-works $85B takeover of TW was finalized. In it, he wrote: “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s well worth the… Read
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke’s Memo To Staff: “We Are The Right Home For The Fox Assets”
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke sent a letter to the network’s staff today, laying out the rationale for Comcast’s rival bid for much of 21st Century Fox.
At a time of dramatic industry change, Burke said Fox’s film and television assets would broaden Comcast’s global reach and enhance NBCUniversal’s portfolio of film franchises, cable networks and sports holdings.
“We are now presented with a rare opportunity to add complementary, well-performing assets to our existing… Read
Big $260M Payout For MGM’s Former Chairman/CEO Gary Barber In Official Resolution With Company
Gary Barber and MGM have officially parted ways in a resolution between the two parties that has MGM Holdings paying out $260M to its former chairman/CEO of eight years. This comes only three months after Barber was ousted from the company in a firing that shocked employees and the town. The moves comes after both MSNBC and Reuters reported in the past month that Barber was trying to make a run at the studio and had been meeting with investments bankers to do so.