Ann Sarnoff Named The New Chair And CEO of Warner Bros.

32nd Annual WP Theater's Women Of Achievement Awards Gala

Ann Sarnoff attends the 32nd Annual WP Theater's Women of Achievement Awards Gala at The Edison Ballroom in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

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WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has announced the appointment of Sarnoff steps in for Kevin Tsujihara, who abruptly resigned in March following accusations of using his influence at the studio to get work for a young actress with whom he was having an affair.

Sarnoff, who is currently President, BBC Studios Americas (formerly BBC Worldwide Americas), has held prominent positions in a number of media and entertainment firms (including Viacom, the NBA and Dow Jones). In her new role, she will oversee worldwide operations at Warner Bros. including the production, marketing and distribution of film, television and interactive entertainment.

“I am delighted Ann is joining the WarnerMedia team and excited to work side by side with such a talented and accomplished individual. She brings a consistent and proven track record of innovation, creativity and business results to lead an incredibly successful studio to its next chapter of growth,” said Stankey in a statement. “Ann has shown the ability to innovate and grow revenues and has embraced the evolution taking place in our industry. I am confident she will be a great cultural fit for WarnerMedia and that our employees will embrace her leadership, enthusiasm and passion for our business.”

In her current position at BBC Studios Americas, Sarnoff oversees L.A. Productions, linear and digital program sales and co-productions, home entertainment, and licensing. She also led efforts to amplify the BBC Studios’ global brands for Doctor Who, Top Gear, and the natural history-themed BBC Earth. She also serves as chairman of the board for BritBox, where she has guided the development and growth of the direct-to-consumer service which offers U.S. and Canadian customers a vast collection British television programming.

“It is a privilege to join a studio with such a storied history,” Sarnoff said. “Warner Bros. has been an industry leader for decades and is known for creating many of the most iconic film, television and gaming properties. I accept this position excited by the opportunity to work with the most accomplished executives and teams in media, and confident about carrying this incredible heritage forward with them.”

Sarnoff will be based in Los Angeles and will officially join the company later this summer.

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WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has announced the appointment of Sarnoff steps in for Kevin Tsujihara, who abruptly resigned in March following accusations of using his influence at the studio to get work for a young actress with whom he was having an affair.

Sarnoff, who is currently President, BBC Studios Americas (formerly BBC Worldwide Americas), has held prominent positions in a number of media and entertainment firms (including Viacom, the NBA and Dow Jones). In her new role, she will oversee worldwide operations at Warner Bros. including the production, marketing and distribution of film, television and interactive entertainment.

“I am delighted Ann is joining the WarnerMedia team and excited to work side by side with such a talented and accomplished individual. She brings a consistent and proven track record of innovation, creativity and business results to lead an incredibly successful studio to its next chapter of growth,” said Stankey in a statement. “Ann has shown the ability to innovate and grow revenues and has embraced the evolution taking place in our industry. I am confident she will be a great cultural fit for WarnerMedia and that our employees will embrace her leadership, enthusiasm and passion for our business.”

In her current position at BBC Studios Americas, Sarnoff oversees L.A. Productions, linear and digital program sales and co-productions, home entertainment, and licensing. She also led efforts to amplify the BBC Studios’ global brands for Doctor Who, Top Gear, and the natural history-themed BBC Earth. She also serves as chairman of the board for BritBox, where she has guided the development and growth of the direct-to-consumer service which offers U.S. and Canadian customers a vast collection British television programming.

“It is a privilege to join a studio with such a storied history,” Sarnoff said. “Warner Bros. has been an industry leader for decades and is known for creating many of the most iconic film, television and gaming properties. I accept this position excited by the opportunity to work with the most accomplished executives and teams in media, and confident about carrying this incredible heritage forward with them.”

Sarnoff will be based in Los Angeles and will officially join the company later this summer.

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