New Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Ann Sarnoff Is the Woman WarnerMedia Needs

IndieWire | 6/24/2019 | Staff
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When it came to replacing Warner Bros. Entertainment chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Ann Sarnoff wasn’t on the list of usual suspects. WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey entrusted a swath of powerful men to oversee his media combine — News and Sports chairman Jeff Zucker, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, and WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer chief content officer Kevin Reilly among them — and it might have seemed that he would hire someone similar. Instead, he found his reliable and trustworthy executive who can direct the film and television studio into the digital future in Sarnoff, the New York-based BBC Studios Americas president who is now the first chairwoman and CEO of Warner Bros.

Tsujihara left under the cloud of an extramarital affair that had him seeking acting roles for an ingenue, and Stankey wanted to see a woman in the top film job at WarnerMedia. Headhunters found Sarnoff, who was less high-profile than the other names in circulation for the post. Other candidates included Universal and Fox grad Stacey Snider, ex-Disney/ABC honcho Anne Sweeney, former Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer, and Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc.

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The choice of Sarnoff reveals that Warner Media is prioritizing their upcoming streaming service: She built the BBC’s North American direct-to-consumer streaming service BritBox into a massive success with 800,000 subscribers. She conceived and launched a streaming service from...
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