Barry M. Meyer, one of the most respected executives in the entertainment industry, serves as the Chairman of Warner Bros., following nearly 14 years as the Studio’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he provides leadership and counsel.
During his tenure as Chairman & CEO, Meyer oversaw one of the most successful collections of entertainment brands and companies in the world. Warner Bros., a Time Warner company, is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. The Studio stands at the forefront of every aspect of the industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.
Under Meyer’s leadership, Warner Bros. consistently ranked as one of the strongest, most profitable and best-positioned studios in the industry. In 2012, the Warner Bros. Pictures Group grossed $4.3 billion at the worldwide box office ($1.66 billion domestic, $2.67 international) with both its domestic and international divisions crossing the billion-dollar mark for a 12th consecutive year, a feat unmatched by any other studio. The Pictures Group has exceeded $4 billion globally for four consecutive years, also a milestone no other studio has ever achieved. Warner Home Video was, once again, the industry’s leader, with an overall 21 percent market share in total DVD and Blu-ray sales. WHV was also the number one home entertainment studio internationally in 2012. And, the companies comprising the Warner Bros. Television Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group remained category leaders, working across all platforms and outlets, and trendsetters in the digital realm with video-on-demand (transaction and ad-supported), branded channels, original content, anti-piracy technology and broadband and wireless destinations.
As the Studio embraced new distribution platforms, technologies and opportunities, Meyer led the company’s efforts to create new business models to fit emerging consumer demands. Warner Bros. holds an industry-leading position in these new markets and works vigorously with other Time Warner companies to leverage the companies’ combined strength to help shape the digital future of the entertainment industry.
Warner Bros. is home to such world-renowned icons as Bugs Bunny, Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo and Harry Potter. The Studio has the largest, fastest-growing film and television library in the world, some 61,000 hours of programming, consisting of more than 6,500 films (The Jazz Singer, Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon to The Dark Knight trilogy, The Hangover and The Hangover Part II, Inception, Sherlock Holmes, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Argo and the eight Harry Potter films—which became the most successful motion picture franchise in history in September 2007) and 3,000 live-action and animated television series (including more than 50 current series from The Mentalist, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Revolution to The Bachelor, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Extra to The Looney Tunes Show and Beware the Batman).
From pioneering “talking pictures” in the 1920s to the development of DVD, the founding of The WB Television Network in 1995, the subsequent founding of The CW Television Network in 2006 and the implementation of unique new business models in feature films, home video and television, the Studio has been an industry innovator and leader for 90 years.
Meyer joined the Company in 1971 as Director, Business Affairs for Warner Bros. Television, following two and a half years in both the legal and business affairs departments of the ABC Television Network. In 1972, Meyer was named Vice President, Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Television. In 1978, he became Executive Vice President for the television division and in 1984, he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Inc., taking charge of all of the Studio’s television operations.
In 1994, Meyer took on added responsibilities as Chief Operating Officer, which included oversight of the Company’s general operations (including studio facilities, legal and business affairs, general administration, human resources, labor relations, strategic planning, real estate development and government affairs), as well as all of the Studio’s television production and distribution operations (including Warner Bros. Television, Telepictures Productions, Warner Bros. Animation and the domestic and international television distribution divisions). Meyer was also an integral architect in the formation of The WB Television Network, which went on the air in January 1995, and played a similar role in the founding of The CW.
An active leader in the entertainment industry, Meyer often serves as a key advisor on industry-wide production, labor and regulatory issues. He is a member of the Board of Councilors of the USC School of Cinematic Arts; a member of the Board of Directors of the Motion Picture Association of America; a member of the Board of the Museum of Television & Radio; a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; a member and former Governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; and a member and past member of the Board of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society. He also is involved in numerous charitable and civic activities, including serving on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch and on the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.
In January 2010, Meyer was honored with the Directors Guild of America’s Honorary Life Member Award. Meyer was also recognized with the American Jewish Committee’s 2006 Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award for his many humanitarian efforts. Also in 2006, Meyer, along with Alan Horn, then-President & Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros., was presented with the Motion Picture Showmanship Award at the 43rd Annual ICG Publicists Awards.
Born in New York City, Meyer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is a member of the bar in New York and Ohio.