WarnerMedia has named Jason Kilar, founding CEO of streamer Hulu and a former Amazon software executive, as its CEO.
Kilar, who takes up the post on May 1, will report to John Stankey, president and CEO of WarnerMedia parent AT&T.
WarnerMedia encompasses the Warner Bros studio operations, premium cable network HBO, Turner and Otter Media, as well as the HBO Max streaming service that is set to launch in the US in May.
Commenting on the appointment, Stankey said: “Jason is a dynamic executive with the right skillset to lead WarnerMedia into the future. His experience in media and entertainment, direct-to-consumer video streaming and advertising is the perfect fit for WarnerMedia, and I am excited to have him lead the next chapter of WarnerMedia’s storied success.
“Our team led by Bob Greenblatt, Ann Sarnoff, Gerhard Zeiler and Jeff Zucker has done an amazing job establishing our brands as leaders in the hearts and minds of consumers. Adding Jason to the talented WarnerMedia family as we launch HBO Max in May gives us the right management team to strategically position our leading portfolio of brands, world-class talent and rich library of intellectual property for future growth.”
Kilar added: “In partnership with this world-class team, I’m so excited for the opportunity to lean into the future at WarnerMedia. Stories well told have always mattered, and they matter even more in this challenging time for the world. It will be a privilege to invent, create, and serve with so many talented people. May 1st can’t get here soon enough.”