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Maatta Named COO of The WB

Sep 29, 2005  •  Post A Comment

John Maatta has been named chief operating officer of The WB Television Network. The announcement was made Thursday by Garth Ancier, chairman of The WB, to whom Mr. Maatta will report.

In addition to being the network’s general counsel, Mr. Maatta will have the network’s business and operations departments reporting to him, including business affairs, finance, network distribution, including The WB 100+ Station Group, technology, legal, research, network operations, broadcast standards and human resources.

Mr. Maatta previously was The WB’s executive VP and general counsel with legal and human resources reporting to him. The first employee of the network in 1993, Mr. Maatta has worked for Warner Bros. since 1986, when he joined Lorimar Telepictures Corp. as legal counsel. At Lorimar (which later became Warner Bros. Television) he rose to VP of business affairs.

Before his work for Lorimar, Mr. Maatta was a trial lawyer in San Francisco.