President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group
Craig Hunegs was named President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group in May 2013. In this role, he is responsible for overall Television Group performance and for creating traditional television and digital growth for Warner Bros.’ industry-leading television business. Warner Bros. is the largest producer and distributor of television series in the U.S. (more than 65 current domestic series for the 2014-15 season) and is producing an increasingly significant number of local series in key countries around the world. The company distributes its programming globally across traditional television networks and all other video platforms. Warner Bros. Television Group divisions include Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Telepictures, Shed U.S., Warner Bros. Television Production UK, Warner Bros. International Television Production, Alloy Entertainment, Blue Ribbon Content and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. Hunegs reports directly to Warner Bros. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Tsujihara.
In the core Television Group business, Hunegs is actively managing the expansion of international local production, increased production for U.S. basic and premium cable networks and SVOD services, the growth of Warner Bros. Animation’s kids business and the evolution of linear and on-demand TV distribution windows. Hunegs’ focus on Television Group growth includes key digital initiatives in short form programming production, interactive games, OTT distribution and the Studio’s investment in Machinima, a leading MCN targeting fandom and gamer audiences and creators. He is on the board of The CW network, and plays an active role in setting its linear and digital distribution strategies. The CW is enjoying breakout success this season, fueled by WBTV’s The Flash and Arrow, among other programs. Hunegs is also the lead deal maker for all Television Group production divisions.
Previously, Hunegs served as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Group from 2006-13, where he played a central role in managing the Television Group and developing, planning and implementing its key initiatives, including broad licensing partnerships with Netflix and Hulu, the launch of original cable series production and international local production, the formation of new linear and on-demand distribution windows, the expansion into online and wireless entertainment, the acquisitions of Alloy Entertainment and Shed Media and the creation of The CW network.
From 1999-2006, Hunegs was Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Production and, from 1997-1999, Executive Vice President Business and Financial Affairs, Warner Bros. Television Production. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Hunegs was the Head of Business Affairs for The WB Network. Before that, he served as Vice President, Business Affairs for NBC Entertainment. He began his career in television as a program attorney at ABC Entertainment.
Hunegs is a board member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and a past board member of the Alliance for Children's Rights and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Hunegs is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Colorado College.