Ahead of HBO Max launch, ex-Amazon SVP, ex-Hulu founding CEO Jason Kilar appointed as WarnerMedia CEO
As the May launch of HBO's streaming service, HBO Max inches closer, there's a flurry of activity taking place at the top of the corporate pyramid at WarnerMedia and AT&T, the parent company of HBO. In the latest development, AT&T has announced the appointment of entertainment luminary Jason Kilar as the new CEO of WarnerMedia. Kilar was the founding CEO at OTT platform Hulu, serving as its CEO from 2007 to 2013.
From 1997 to 2006, Kilar had served at various levels in Amazon, ending up as SVP, and helping launch its World Application Software and video-on-demand service. From Hulu, Kilar had moved to co-founding the video streaming service Vessel, and served as its CEO from 2013 to 2017.
Kilar will take over from John Stankey, the chief operating officer of WarnerMedia’s parent AT&T, who was also serving as the CEO of WarnerMedia since being promoted as COO of AT&T in September. Stankey is also whom Kilar will report to. Jason Kilar will take charge as WarnerMedia CEO from May 1.
As CEO of the behemoth, he will be handling all of the conglomerate's diverse entities —HBO, Warner Bros., the Turner cable networks including TNT, TBS and CNN, and Otter Media. Apart from overseeing the smooth launch of HBO Max, Kilar will also have to ride out the unprecedented shutdown in the entertainment industry as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Kilar is an apt choice for the position. He brings with him years of experience and valuable insights in media and entertainment, along with the expertise he's gained from launching Hulu back in the days when it was still early days for the streaming industry.