WarnerMedia Consolidates Content Distribution Activities


Distribution of HBO and Turner U.S. originals will now be handled by Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, under the leadership of Jeffrey Schlesinger.

The WarnerMedia restructure, just ahead of the L.A. Screenings, transfers HBO Enterprises, HBO Home Entertainment and distribution of U.S. Turner originals to Warner Bros.

Schlesinger, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, will take leadership responsibility for the activities of HBO Enterprises and the distribution of Turner content produced in the U.S. HBO Home Entertainment will transfer to Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment and Games, which is led by Jim Wuthrich.

Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer at WarnerMedia, noted, “Bringing these businesses all under one roof means we improve cooperation and create scale. Acting as one will strengthen our position in an increasingly challenging marketplace.”

Schlesinger added, “For the first time at our company, the diverse and unparalleled portfolio of genre-defining new and library programming created by HBO, Warner Bros. and Turner will be distributed globally by one group. This structure will enable us to speak with one voice, as we create new and innovative ways to license our top-quality programming to networks, channels and services globally, helping them grow their audiences and subscriber bases.”

Wuthrich, president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment and Games, noted, “While we have had a strategic alliance with HBO in the past that involved physical product distribution, we are now excited to welcome the digital transactional sales and marketing teams into the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment family. We look forward to sharing their iconic and acclaimed original programming with home entertainment audiences worldwide.”