WarnerMedia Jan. 14 announced that Peter Schauerte, recently appointed to lead the Germany, Austria and Switzerland home entertainment and consumer products business, will now also oversee local theatrical production in the region. He reports to Iris Knobloch, country manager for WarnerMedia France & Benelux and Germany/Austria/Switzerland (GAS).
Schauerte’s expanded duties come after Willi Geike announced his decision to step down later this month after a 38-year career at Warner Bros.
“Peter has an enormous understanding of the business side of theatrical local production and has forged strong relationships with the outstanding talent we partner with,” Knobloch said in a statement.
She added that developing compelling German theatrical movies for home entertainment audiences has never been more important and “we look forward to continuing to delight our audiences with many more relatable and captivating stories on the big screen.”
Schauerte takes on a local theatrical production pipeline, encompassing a range of drama, comedy and family entertainment, with the release of 10 or more titles a year.
Schauerte most recently served for more than six years as CFO and SVP of finance for Warner Bros. Germany (as well as Austria and Switzerland) where, as a member of the German senior management team, he played an integral role assessing strategic business decisions and initiatives for growth, new business opportunities and the changing complexion of the entertainment portfolio and distribution channels, and oversaw digital innovation and data strategy. He added the role of GM, Poland (Theatrical & Consumer Products) for Warner Bros. in 2019, until WarnerMedia reorganized its EMEA operations towards the end of last year.
Throughout his nearly 20 years at Warner Bros., he has held a number of finance and operational roles and has been actively involved in the Warner Bros. Germany local production business since 2002.
Knobloch’s GAS leadership team include previously announced executives Steffen Schier (Theatrical Distribution), Sylvia Rothblum (TV Distribution), Matthias Heinze (Affiliates & Ad Sales) and Tim van Dyk (Marketing), uniting the company’s entertainment networks with its Warner Bros. activities as part of a one WarnerMedia approach across the region.