More senior WarnerMedia executives are to depart the company as the $43bn Discovery merger closes, which according to reports could be as early as this Friday (April 8).
On Wednesday a WarnerMedia spokesperson confirmed that EVP and chief human resources officer Jim Cummings is on the way out as are: CFO Jennifer Biry; the outgoing Jason Kilar’s corporate communications executive and chief inclusion officer Christy Haubegger; EVP chief revenue officer Tony Goncalves; EVP general counsel Jim Meza; and chief technology officer Richard Tom.
This follows Tuesday’s revelations that WarnerMedia CEO Kilar tendered his resignation and HBO Max EVP and general manager Andy Forssell and WarnerMedia chair and CEO, Ann Sarnoff will depart. That brings the number of departing top brass to nine.
Since 2019 Sarnoff led Warner Bros as its first female CEO after the departure of Kevin Tsujihara and shepherded the studio through the pandemic, when her boss Kilar instigated the 2021 day-and-date theatrical-HBO Max release policy for the Warner Bros slate.
Incoming Warner Bros Discovery CEO David Zaslav is understood to be supportive of Warner Bros although it remains unclear what he plans to do. The executive cull is expected to continue.