For the first time in its storied history, Warner Bros. will have a female at the helm.
Ann Sarnoff was announced as WB’s new CEO on Monday, by WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. She will oversee all global film, television, and interactive entertainment content produced by Warner Bros.
“I am delighted Ann is joining the WarnerMedia team and excited to work side by side with such a talented and accomplished individual,” said Stankey.
So who is Ann Sarnoff?
Sarnoff comes to Warner Bros. after serving as the President of BBC Studios Americas, and has more than 30 years of media and business experience. She previously worked for a decade at Viacom, was on the executive team of NBA Commissioner David Stern, and served as the president of Dow Jones Ventures.
In a statement, Warner Bros said, “her vast knowledge from this range of experience puts the company in the hands of a seasoned, successful executive that is keenly aware of the continuous need to innovate. A widely admired leader, she has full appreciation and respect for the creative process and has worked in close collaboration with talent and business partners for many years to develop effective engagement strategies for global audiences.”
Sarnoff says she’s eager to continue WB’s legacy.
“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,” said Sarnoff.
While the President of BBC Studios America, Sarnoff was in charge of driving profit and growth among the studios business and television interests. She helped oversee their top brands, including Top Gear, Doctor Who, and BBC Earth.
“She has grown our core business as well as driving significant innovation, including the successful creation of BritBox, the growth of BBC America alongside our partner AMCN, the launch of new channels like BBC Earth in Canada, and major new content and production deals. We will miss her generosity and her spirit of collaboration, and we wish her great success at Warner Bros,” said BBC CEO Tim Davie.
Sarnoff will officially begin the position later this summer.