Warner Bros.’ Brogliatti to Step Down

Apr 4, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Barbara Brogliatti, executive VP and chief corporate communications officer for Warner Bros. and a longtime power player on the entertainment communications scene, will retire May 31 from full-time responsibilities with Warner Bros. The internal and public announcements were made Monday morning.

Ms. Brogliatti, who has been central to major industry strategies against piracy, will continue to advise and consult on industry issues and public relations developments, and will help find and install her successor.

Ms. Brogliatti has been with Warner Bros. for 18 of her 37 years in the business. She has been closely identified with clients ranging from Norman Lear’s Act III Productions and Haim Saban’s Saban Entertainment to actress Jean Stapleton and newswoman Barbara Walters. She held key positions with Lorimar Telepictures and Warner Bros. Television before Warner Bros. Chairmen Bob Daley and Terry Semel created a corporate communications role for her in 1997. The role and the title were boosted in July 2004 by Barry Meyer after he was named chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.

“It’s simply time to move on; I am leaving the whine for the wine,” Ms. Brogliatti said. “[Husband] Ray and I have established a wonderful life in the Napa Valley, but the rigors and the pressures of this career, of this industry, just don’t allow us enough time to enjoy it. I have been working 24/7 since I graduated from college, and that has taken a huge toll on my golf swing, my backhand, my sightseeing and my wine tasting,” she said in the announcement.

“Barbara is one of the most respected and talented public relations executives in the industry, she is truly without peer,” Mr. Meyer said. “Her expertise, experience, instincts and breadth of knowledge have made her an integral part of Warner Bros., Time Warner and the industry. We wish her only the best in the next chapter of her life.”

“I’ve known and respected Barbara for some 30 years,” said Alan Horn, president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros. “Now I look forward to relying on her to help train the next generation of top PR professionals and, of course, for excellent wine.”