Days after unveiling a corporate restructure, WarnerMedia is laying off hundreds of staff as the pandemic continues to ravage the industry.
Screen has learned that approximately 600 staff are receiving pink slips, with the focus mostly on Warner Bros.
Warner Bros sources confirmed that three senior leaders are departing: Ron Sanders, Warner Bros president, worldwide theatrical distribution & home entertainment, and executive vice-president, international business operations; Jeff Schlesinger, president, Warner Bros worldwide television distribution; and Kim Williams, executive vice-president and CFO, Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Ann Sarnoff, chair and CEO of Warner Bros who last Friday was promoted to lead WarnerMedia’s Studio and Networks Group, said: “Jeff, Ron and Kim are all highly valued members of my senior leadership team, and we will be forever grateful for the many meaningful and lasting contributions each of them has made to Warner Bros. I thank them all for their dedication and years of service, and wish them the very best in their next chapters.”
On Friday WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar announced a fundamental shake-up that paves the way for global expansion of HBO Max through a consolidated international division, and elevated Sarnoff to oversee Warner Bros, HBO, and HBO Max.
Kilar announced last week that he was letting go of Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer, and Kevin Reilly, chief content officer for HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS and TruTV.