Christina Sulebakk to Become GM of HBO Europe

Priya Dogra, new president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks for EMEA and APAC, isn’t wasting time making executive changes. WarnerMedia July 9 announced the appointment of Christina Sulebakk as GM of HBO Europe, including linear networks and the streaming service, effective immediately. Sulebakk reports to Dogra.

She replaces Hervé Payan who served as CEO of HBO Europe for eight years and who will be leaving the company at the end of August 2020.

“Christina is a tremendously talented executive who has been integral to the success of HBO Europe,” Dogra said in a statement. “She has a deep understanding of direct-to-consumer businesses and has played a pivotal role in the development of our international plans. She will be a key force in driving our growth in Europe.”

Dogra thanked Payan for his years of service to HBO Europe, including his vision launching streaming video offerings in key markets in Europe.

“I’ve personally worked closely with Hervé over the past few years and I’ve appreciated his entrepreneurial spirit, his focus on innovation and good sense of humor,” she said.

Sulebakk has been at HBO Europe for more than eight years, most recently serving as EVP, CMO and head of distribution. During her years at HBO Europe she has been expatriated to Madrid, Budapest and New York and has played pivotal roles in transforming the Central European business into streaming and launching HBO España.

Priya Dogra Named President, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA and APAC

WarnerMedia July 6 announced the appointment of Priya Dogra as president of WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks for EMEA and APAC. Dogra replaces Giorgio Stock, who stepped down at the end of June. She will continue her responsibilities as EVP of strategy of corporate development for WarnerMedia — reporting to Gerhard Zeiler, chief revenue officer of WarnerMedia and president of WarnerMedia International Networks.

In her new position, Dogra will have executive oversight and responsibility for programming, advertising, distribution and operations of the WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, which include the basic Turner and premium HBO networks in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Dogra will share responsibility for the kids business in EMEA and APAC with Tom Ascheim, who was recently named president of global kids, young adults and classics at Warner Bros.

“Priya is a world-class executive who has been driving WarnerMedia’s overall corporate growth initiatives and in particular our direct-to-consumer-strategy internationally,” Zeiler said in a statement. “Her leadership, passion and knowledge of our international businesses will make an immediate impact on our organization.”

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Dogra has been with the company since 2009, including previously as head of mergers and acquisitions for Time Warner. Prior to joining Time Warner, Dogra was a VP in the technology, media and telecom investment banking group at Citigroup.