February 23, 2020
WarnerMedia Entertainment, in a restructuring, has promoted Michael Quigley to spearhead the media company’s direct-to-consumer business as well content acquisitions.
Quigley, who was EVP, content acquisitions, will now lead the unit with other promoted executives, Jonathan Melber, SVP of content acquisitions at HBO Max, and Royce Battleman, SVP of content acquisitions for HBO, Cinemax, TNT, TruTV and TBS, reporting to him.
“Michael and his team have the breadth and depth of experience required in today’s competitive marketplace to both land defining content and rewrite our rules for how content will move through all exhibition windows going forward,” Kevin Reilly, COO, HBO Max, and president, TBS, TNT and TruTV, said in a statement.
Reilly credited Quigley and his team for enabling HBO Max to launch in May with coveted series such as “Friends,” “South Park,” and “Doctor Who,” among others.
Other changes in the content acquisitions include HBO executives Leslie Cohen and Chris Grunden handling movies, while Valerie Meraz, SVP, content acquisitions & strategy at Turner in Atlanta, joins the two reporting to Battleman.
Elizabeth Bannan Atcheson, senior director of content acquisition at Turner, reports to Melber from Atlanta.
“Our networks will continue to have hit series like ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ as well as many of the most coveted major studio [titles], such as Joker and Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” Reilly said in a statement.