Following news that industry fixture Ken Werner will be stepping down as president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, the company has named his successor. Warner Bros. announced that David Decker will oversee the company’s syndication operation as executive VP of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
Decker has been with Warner Bros. for 15 years. He will add oversight of station sales to his role, it was announced Tuesday by Jeffrey Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
Rick Meril, Executive Vice President & General Sales Manager, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, who is responsible for syndication station sales, will now report to Decker. Decker will continue to be responsible for domestic television sales to pay, cable, D2 and on-demand platforms.
“David has done a great job of dramatically growing our multiplatform business over the last three years,” said Schlesinger. “His combination of strategic thinking, smart salesmanship and strong leadership are a true asset and he’s ready to take the next step. Having worked side by side with Ken for many years, enables us to have a seamless transition in our domestic television distribution business as we begin the new year.”
The announcement notes: “Decker served as Executive Vice President, Cable & SVOD Sales, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution since January 2015. Before that, he was Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs for Worldwide Television Distribution, overseeing legal and business affairs for television distribution of Warner Bros. product. Previously, Decker was charged with oversight of business and legal affairs of domestic television distribution and Telepictures Productions, where he oversaw business operations for the company’s first-run syndication production arm responsible for programs such as ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ and ‘TMZ.’”
Before joining Warner Bros. and Telepictures, Decker spent six years at Stone Stanley Entertainment, lastly as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs. He holds a juris doctor from Loyola (Calif.) and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.