WarnerMedia named two company veterans to oversee distribution for HBO, the Turner channels and the new HBO Max streaming service. Variety reports that Sofia Chang and Rich Warren were named presidents of WarnerMedia Distribution.
The report notes that the appointments come as part of “the continuing shakeup of HBO and Turner operations following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner last year.”
Chang and Warren report to Gerhard Zeilerm the former Turner International chief, who was promoted to WarnerMedia chief revenue officer and president of WarnerMedia International Networks.
Chang and Warren “will be tasked with garnering digital and linear distribution partners for the nascent HBO Max streaming service, targeted for debut next spring,” Variety notes.
Zeiler is quoted saying: “We will have two hugely experienced leaders who know our business inside out. Over the last few months I have worked closely with both; Sofia’s experience and success in driving HBO’s digital subscriptions has been of great value as I have looked to understand the U.S. HBO business in greater depth and detail, and Rich has brought his strategic skills to the table as we have sought this way forward. Working together both will provide the strategy and direction needed to enable future growth.”
Variety adds: “Chang has been with HBO since 2000, most recently serving as exec VP of global digital distribution for HBO. Warren was previously head of distribution for Turner. He’s been with the company for 19 years.”