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New WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar Wants to Help the AT&T Division “Lean Into the Future”

By April 10, 2020No Comments

Big news: AT&T tapped former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to be CEO of WarnerMedia.

Quote from Eunice Shin –Partner @ Prophet:
“What’s really interesting to me is [AT&T president and COO] John Stankey put someone from the tech world at the helm of a traditional entertainment company. That’s a big statement on where the focus of the company needs to be and in a positive way,”

Key details for Jason Kilar:
1) 48 years old
2) CEO @ Hulu (2008-13)
3) Launched Vessel in 2014 (later sold to Verizon in 2016)

Quote from Jason Kilar – CEO @ WarnerMedia:
“For me, this is more about what the next 10 years looks like, as opposed to what the last 85 years have looked like…I actually believe this isn’t about WarnerMedia; it’s as much about Disney and NBCUniversal and others. I actually think these companies are going to look so different within the next decade out of necessity and out of opportunity.”

Flashback #1: Jason Kilar: Here Are My Thoughts On Hulu And The Future Of TV (2011)

Flashback #2: Is Jason Kilar Trying to Get Fired? (2011)

More #1: New WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar on His Vision for the Future of Media

More #2: AT&T Taps Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar to Run WarnerMedia

Michael Beach

Michael Beach is the Chief Executive Officer of Cross Screen Media, a media analytics and software company that enables marketers to plan, activate, and measure CTV and linear TV at the local level. Michael is also the founder and editor of State of the Screens, a weekly newsletter focused on video advertising that is a must-read for thought leaders in the advertising industry. He has appeared in such publications as PBS Frontline, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Axios, CNBC and Bloomberg, and on NPR’s Planet Money podcast.

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