June 9, 2022
Longtime Warner Bros. Pictures COO Carolyn Blackwood is reportedly leaving the studio after 25 years. The senior executive had been closely tied to the recently departed studio chairman Toby Emmerich, who left to start his own production company. The moves come as the newly created Warner Bros. Discovery media company installs new management across the company.
In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations at the studio, including physical production, business affairs, music and other related matters, Blackwood was chief content officer at New Line Cinema. She also had managerial oversight of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, and theatrical film acquisitions.
Separately, Luis Silberwasser was named chairman/CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, reporting directly to WBD CEO David Zaslav.
Warner Bros. Discovery also announced new management structure for the Japan, Australia, New Zealand (ANZ), India, Southeast Asia and Korean (INSEAK) regions.
The Japan and ANZ teams report to James Gibbons, president/managing director, Japan & ANZ, Warner Bros Discovery. Clement Schwebig heads the INSEAK region.
“I’ve moved quickly to meet with teams from Mumbai, Singapore and Seoul,” Schwebig wrote in an internal staff memo.
Schwebig said the INSEAK region would be structured with a territory focused approach to be more agile and locally relevant. At the same time, Warner Bros. Discovery aims to leverage its scale across the business and region to provide deeper expertise and greater efficiency.
“This means some functions will be in-country while others are regional,” he wrote.
Separately, Masami Takahashi was appointed country manager, head of studios, Japan. Based in Tokyo, Takahashi will continue to oversee all theatrical activity, local production, content licensing, games and consumer products.
Glen Kyne is now head of networks, Japan and Australia and New Zealand. Based in Auckland, he oversees all networks activity for all three markets across pay-TV, free-to-air and BVOD.
Michael Brooks continues as MD of Warner Bros International Television Production Australia. In addition, Brooks, who is based in Sydney, was named as head of studios, Australia and New Zealand, where he will be responsible for content licensing, and optimizing studio-related activities across both markets.
Robi Stanton now leads franchise development & affiliate relations of WBD properties in Australia & New Zealand. Andrew Brommel continues as VP of consumer products for the region. All are based in Sydney.
Tokyo-based David Macdonald was named VP of networks in Japan, reporting to Kyne.
Finally, Lynn Ng will continue to lead content operations for the APAC region. She was also named head of factual and lifestyle — South East Asia. Ng, who is based in Singapore, reports to Schwebig.
“These appointments reflect the strength of leadership from both legacy companies, bringing an impressive track record and deep knowledge of our diversified Warner Bros. Discovery portfolio,” Gibbons said in a statement. “Benefiting from a combination of market oversight and functional expertise, I look forward to working together with this team to optimize our businesses and build further scale across Japan and ANZ.”