Warner Bros. Discovery Shakes Up International Kids’ Team


Warner Bros. Discovery has made a series of changes within its international children’s team, including the departure of Christopher Ho, VP of kids for AsiaPac, and an expanded role for LatAm chief Pablo Zuccarino.

Vanessa Brookman, who became general manager of kids, global streaming and international networks last December, outlined the changes in a memo to staff. “Chris has been a passionate advocate and leader of the kids’ business across the region,” Brookman said. “He has been a huge champion for our kids’ content and brands throughout AsiaPac, demonstrating audience expertise, creative excellence and consummate professionalism throughout his tenure.”

Zuccarino has been elevated from senior VP and general manager for kids and family in Latin America and U.S. Hispanic to head of kids and animation for Latin America, taking on added responsibility for international portfolio strategy. The Miami-based Zuccarino now reports to Fernando Medin, president and managing director of Latin America and U.S. Hispanic.

Ana González adds to her remit oversight for the Asia-Pacific region as VP of kids content for Southern Europe, AsiaPac and Africa, across linear, streaming and VOD platforms. González is based in Madrid.

Sean Henry, based in London, moves up from VP of EMEA kids content strategy and partnerships to VP of international content partnerships and content strategy for EMEA.

Sean Gorman has oversight for pay-TV networks for EMEA and manages kids channels in the U.K., Nordics, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

Mark Taynton is now head of Adult Swim, EMEA and oversees international adult animation content management.

Michelle Truong becomes manager of original animation in Los Angeles, joining the U.S. team under Michael Ouweleen, president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Discovery Kids and U.S. networks.

In London, Monika Oomen is now VP of brand, communications and digital strategy for EMEA, while Alison York has been appointed head of kids data and insights, and Sarah Fell becomes VP of original animation for EMEA at Hanna-Barbera Studios Europe.

Brookman said: “These changes confirm the roles and responsibilities for WBD’s International kids’ and animation leadership, establishing a new centre for strategy, decision-making and the greenlighting of content that will propel our kids’ business forward.”