Carolyn Blackwood is President and Chief Content Officer of New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. In addition to playing a lead role in the strategic direction for the division, Blackwood oversees the company’s operations, with hands-on involvement in all production, business and legal matters. Blackwood also serves as the liaison with the marketing, distribution, home entertainment, interactive, consumer products and cable and SVOD sales divisions of Warner Bros. on behalf of all New Line films. In recent years, her duties have expanded to encompass leadership of film acquisitions and managerial oversight of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Blackwood joined New Line Cinema in 1999 as a production attorney and rose through the ranks to Senior Vice President of Business Affairs. Later, as Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Co-Productions, she specialized in film acquisitions, co-productions and co-financing ventures. In 2005, she played a key role in the launch of Picturehouse, New Line’s joint-venture specialty label with HBO, and spearheaded Picturehouse’s business and legal affairs team. Over the next 10 years, Blackwood’s role at New Line expanded to Executive Vice President of Strategy and Operations before being named President, Operations & Content Strategy in 2015.
Blackwood oversaw production on all three films in The Hobbit Trilogy, for which she served as executive producer. She played a critical role in working with the New Zealand government and continued to serve as chief liaison with the New Zealand government for the length of the production. With the contributions of Blackwood’s ongoing cross-divisional involvement and leadership in safeguarding the brand, The Hobbit Trilogy has become one of the most successful film franchises in history.
Prior to joining New Line Cinema, Blackwood served as a business affairs and legal executive for independent production and sales company MDP Worldwide. She is a graduate of Fordham University, where she studied American Studies and Fine Arts, and earned a law degree at Pepperdine University.
Richard Brener is President & Chief Creative Officer of New Line Cinema. In this role, he oversees all aspects of development and production of New Line’s film slate.
During his tenure, Brener has overseen and served as Executive Producer on many of the company’s most successful films, including the record-breaking “IT,” global blockbusters “San Andreas,” “Central Intelligence,” “Lights Out,” “We’re the Millers,” “Horrible Bosses,” “Sex and the City,” “Wedding Crashers” and “Austin Powers in Goldmember.” Brener also supervised the launch of the billion-dollar cinematic horror universe “The Conjuring,” which includes “The Conjuring” and “The Conjuring 2,” as well as companion films “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”
New Line has a robust 2019 release slate of 10 features, including DC’s “Shazam!”; “Shaft,” a reboot starring Samuel L. Jackson; the next installment in “The Conjuring” universe, “Annabelle Comes Home”; DC’s “The Kitchen,” featuring Melissa McCarthy, Elisabeth Moss and Tiffany Haddish; the sequel to 2017’s “IT,” “IT CHAPTER TWO”; and the romantic thriller “The Good Liar” with Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen.
A New Line Cinema veteran of over 20 years, Brener joined the company as a temp and rapidly rose through the ranks from Story Editor to President & CCO. Over the course of his career, Brener has overseen New Line’s relationship with much of its key talent, including Dwayne Johnson, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell and Ice Cube.
Born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey, Brener graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University.
Paul Broucek serves as President, Music, Warner Bros. Pictures, responsible for the overall creative direction of Warner Bros. Pictures’ music operations. He is charged with overseeing the department’s administrative, production and day-to-day business functions as well as the strategic development and deployment of music-related initiatives to meet the needs of Warner Bros. Pictures’ producers and directors. In addition, he has oversight of WaterTower Music.
Prior to taking his current role at Warner Bros. Pictures in 2009, Broucek launched Common Market, a music consulting, production and publishing company specializing in productions for film, television, records, online, commercials, games and new media. Previously, he served as President, Music at New Line Cinema from 2004 to 2008, culminating 12 years at the company during which he also served as Executive Music Producer for the Academy Award-winning The Lord of the Rings film trilogy among a number of other notable titles.
Broucek formerly headed up Fairlight Instruments of Australia’s U.S. operations before moving into the music supervision field to oversee a mix of television and feature films. Prior to that, he was on the recording staff at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, where he was a key member of the team that began the company’s film scoring division and implemented the modernization and re-opening of Paramount Studios’ famed Stage M. He also served as President/General Manager of The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California.
Broucek began his film music career working on the landmark film Apocalypse Now as an assistant engineer to Academy Award-winning sound designer and picture editor Walter Murch.
As CTO, Colf oversees the Studio’s extensive portfolio of technology services and solutions. She is also responsible for the Studio’s technology strategy, research and development and reports to Thomas Gewecke, Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development.
Colf leads the global Warner Bros. Technology organization, which provides critical business and technology intelligence and services to all Studio business units. Warner Bros. Technology teams manage the Studio’s enterprise systems and solutions, information security, consumer intelligence and data governance, emerging technology research and development, content mastering and delivery, content preservation, and archives, among many other existing and emerging technology disciplines.
Prior to her promotion to CTO, Colf led the Studio’s technology teams as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Technology Solutions and Technical Operations. Before that, she served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Content Servicing and Digital Solutions.
Colf oversaw the development of the entertainment industry’s first digital supply chain, Digital End-to-End (DETE). The Emmy Award-winning DETE managed content service disrupted the industry and changed the way that entertainment content is managed and delivered, driving increased efficiency and decreasing time to market.
She previously served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Digital Services and Technical Systems Development, having joined Warner Bros. Entertainment as Vice President, Corporate Business Development and Strategy in 2004. Colf began her career as a consultant for Andersen Consulting.
Colf sits on the boards of Motion Picture Laboratories, Inc. (MovieLabs), a non-profit technology research laboratory focused on driving innovation to create business opportunities and deliver tangible digital distribution solutions; her alma mater Harvey Mudd College; and of STEAM:CODERS, a nonprofit organization that teaches underrepresented and underserved students and their families the fundamentals of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), in preparation for academic and career opportunities. Colf holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College.
Widely regarded as one of the most influential figures in the history of reality TV programming, Mike Darnell currently serves as President of Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. He joined the Studio in August 2013 and reports to Peter Roth, President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group.
Darnell has supervision over all of the Studio’s unscripted TV content creation, with oversight of three Warner Bros. companies: Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, Telepictures Productions and Shed Media. Darnell and his team currently produce over 40 series, totaling over 2,100 hours of programming annually, spread across broadcast, cable, digital and syndication.
Warner Horizon’s Unscripted & Alternative division is responsible for some of the top reality shows on broadcast television, which include the recently renewed “Ellen’s Game of Games” hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, the multi-Emmy winning blockbuster music competition “The Voice,” “Little Big Shots,” the long-running, powerhouse franchise “The Bachelor,” and the primetime reboot of “Love Connection.” Additionally, the division has three new broadcast series set to premiere in 2019, including “Mental Samurai,” hosted by Rob Lowe, “Million Dollar Mile” in partnership with Lebron James’ SpringHill Entertainment, and “The World’s Best,” a series created and executive produced by Darnell.
Darnell’s oversight also includes over 15 cable series and seven syndicated series, including the multi-Emmy Award winning series “Who Do You Think You Are?” and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” the critically-acclaimed Starz docuseries “Warriors of Liberty City,” the Dick Wolf-produced true-crime series “Criminal Confessions,” “The Real Housewives of New York City,” the upcoming docusoap “Mexican Dynasties,” the talk show “The Real,” and entertainment news outlets TMZ and Extra.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Darnell served as President of Alternative Entertainment at FOX Broadcasting Company. During his 19 years at the network, Darnell was responsible for hundreds of series and specials. Early in his career, he made a name for himself as he fast-tracked the genre with specials, including “When Animals Attack!,” “World’s Scariest Police Chases,” “Man vs. Beast” and “Alien Autopsy.” He then redefined the genre with the ultra-successful hits “American Idol,” “Hell’s Kitchen,” “MasterChef,” “The X Factor,” “So You Think You Can Dance” and more.
Before moving to the network, Darnell served for three years as a producer of specials for the Fox Television Stations Group, after beginning his TV career in the news department of the network’s owned-and-operated affiliate in Los Angeles, KTTV.
Darnell was born in Philadelphia, PA and currently resides in Calabasas with his wife, Carolyn, and daughter, Chelsea.
Bill Draper serves as President, Worldwide Physical Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. In this role, Draper has oversight of the division responsible for all aspects of the company’s film productions, including budgeting, digital effects, post-production services, product placement and scheduling.
Draper previously served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Physical Production, having joined Warner Bros. Pictures as Vice President of Physical Production in 1996.
During his tenure, Draper has worked with such distinguished filmmakers as Steven Spielberg (the upcoming Ready Player One, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), George Miller (Max Max: Fury Road), Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows), Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) and Scott Cooper (Black Mass) among others.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Draper served as a freelance unit production manager and production supervisor, after having spent time at Walt Disney Studios as an associate production executive.
Toby Emmerich serves as Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Under Emmerich’s leadership, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, which includes Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, DC-based films and Warner Bros. Feature Animation, operates with the mandate to deliver the industry’s most diverse film slate, working across all genres with both established and up-and-coming talent in front of and behind the camera.
In 2019, Warner Bros. Pictures Group will continue to produce the industry’s broadest slate, featuring the Studio’s DC Super Heroes, New Line Cinema’s horror titles, thoughtful dramas and smart comedies. Highlights of the 2019 release schedule include “Shazam!” (New Line/DC), “The Curse of La Llorona” (NL), “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “Annabelle Comes Home” (NL), “IT CHAPTER TWO” (NL) and “Joker”(DC).
WBPG had its most successful year ever in 2018, with a global box office of $5.57 billion ($1.95B domestic; $3.62B internationally). This success was fueled by a diverse lineup of hit films, including “Aquaman” ($1.14 billion worldwide—the most-successful DC Super Hero film ever and Warner Bros.’ second-biggest title of all time), “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” ($653 million worldwide), “Ready Player One” ($582M), “The Meg” ($528M), “Rampage” ($426M), “A Star is Born” ($423M), “The Nun” ($367M) and “Crazy Rich Asians” ($240M).
In his role as Chairman of the Pictures Group, Emmerich has oversight of the Studio’s global theatrical production, marketing and distribution operations and also oversees the marketing and distribution activities of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Prior to his current role, Emmerich served President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Before that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema for eight years. In this role, he had full oversight of New Line Cinema’s development, production and financial operations, and led the company’s efforts to forge new opportunities to diversify and build on its dynamic legacy.
Under Emmerich’s leadership, New Line released such diverse features as the Academy Award-winning blockbuster “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King”; the perennial holiday classic “Elf”; the romantic favorite “The Notebook”; the action thriller “San Andreas”; comedy hits “Wedding Crashers,” “Central Intelligence,” “Horrible Bosses” and “We’re the Millers”; and instant horror classics “Lights Out,” and the films in The Conjuring universe, including “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle,” “The Conjuring 2,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun,” which have become one of the most successful horror franchise of all time at $1.57 billion and counting.
Nearly a decade after “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy swept the world, New Line reunited with Peter Jackson to take audiences back to Middle-earth with the acclaimed “The Hobbit” Trilogy, beginning with “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” followed by “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” a year later and “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” in 2014. The three films together earned almost $3 billion worldwide.
Emmerich also held the position of President of Production, to which he was promoted in 2001. A longtime studio veteran, he also previously served not only as President of New Line Music, but also as an accomplished screenwriter and producer who wrote and produced New Line’s sleeper hit “Frequency,” starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.
Emmerich joined the company in 1992 as a dual development and music executive. In his position as President of Music, he oversaw the development of numerous platinum- and gold-selling soundtracks for such films as “Seven,” the first two “Austin Powers” films, “Elf” and many more. Prior to his posts at New Line, Emmerich was an A&R representative at Atlantic Records from 1987 to 1992.
In January 2019, Emmerich was honored with the Producers Guild of America’s Milestone Award, which recognizes an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.
Emmerich attended The Calhoun School and Wesleyan University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1985, with honors in English and concentrations in Classics and Film. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
Jon Gilbert, President, Worldwide Studio Facilities, is responsible for the day-to-day oversight and management of all facilities and backlot operations on the Warner Bros. Studios lot and Ranch facility in Burbank and Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden in the U.K., including all production, post-production and studio operation services. Gilbert is also responsible for charting the Studio’s development and strategic plan.
Under Gilbert’s direction, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities runs the foremost motion picture and television production and post-production operations in the world.
The 110-acre Burbank lot and nearby 32-acre Ranch facility are home to a complete range of production-related services, including 35 sound stages and 10 backlot sets, 16 re-recording stages, five automated dialogue replacement (ADR) stages, one scoring stage, two Foley stages and over 175 editing rooms, which handle digital and analogue audio editing.
WBSF additionally is responsible for all of the support services that keep the Studio running on a day-to-day basis, from the fire department to food services to the mailroom.
Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, a 200-acre studio outside London, opened in 2012 and includes nine sound stages and support facilities for Warner Bros. and third-party productions. WBSL is also home to the hugely popular and successful Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
The newest member of the WBSL family, Warner Bros. De Lane Lea, is located in the Soho area of London and was formed by the acquisition of the leading U.K. sound mixing and post-production facility in late 2012. De Lane Lea provides full post-production services to primarily U.K.-based film and TV productions, mirroring WBSF’s services in Burbank.
Gilbert was named to his current post in October of 2012, having served as President of Warner Bros. Studio Facilities since 2000. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities. He has also served as Vice President, Labor Relations, for Lorimar Telepictures and as a labor relations attorney for ABC.
A member of The State Bar of California, Gilbert graduated from University of California at Los Angeles in 1975 and Pepperdine University School of Law in 1979.
Jeff Goldstein serves as President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, with full responsibility for the day-to-day oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ domestic distribution activities, including sales and administration, strategy, planning and exhibitor relations throughout the United States and Canada. Goldstein and his team handle 20-plus films each year produced or acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. A well-respected distribution executive, Goldstein was promoted to this role in September 2016.
In 2017, Warner Bros. Pictures Group had its second-best year ever at the domestic box office with $2.1 billion dollars, driven by such hits as Wonder Woman, IT, Dunkirk and The LEGO Batman Movie. Domestically, Warner Bros. has ranked #1 or #2 at the box office eight of the last 10 years. This success helped lift Warner Bros. to its biggest year ever at the global box office in 2017, with $5.18 billion in worldwide receipts.
Prior to his promotion, Goldstein was Executive Vice President and General Sales Manager, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, a position he had held since 2000. Goldstein joined Warner Bros. Pictures as an intern in the Los Angeles office before relocating to the company’s regional offices in Florida, Ohio and Massachusetts. Throughout his over 30-year career at Warner Bros., Goldstein has been continually promoted, rising through the ranks from regional branch manager to his current role as divisional president.
He is a graduate of Syracuse University.
Highly respected marketing innovator Lisa Gregorian serves as President & Chief Marketing Officer of the Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG), a post she has held since May 2010. She had previously served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Television Group, since September 2005.
In her position, Gregorian interfaces with the Studio’s internal television marketing teams as well as television networks and stations worldwide to maximize and fully exploit the promotional marketing opportunities for all of the Studio’s television properties, including network, first-run, off network, cable and animated series from Warner Bros. Television (WBTV), Warner Horizon Television (WHTV), Warner Bros. Animation, Telepictures Productions, Shed Media and the television windows (pay, cable and broadcast) for theatrical titles. Gregorian and her marketing team also work cross-divisionally with DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The CW Television Network.
Prior to her role at WBTVG, Gregorian held the position of Senior Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Creative Services, a position created for her in April 2003. Previously, she had served as Senior Vice President, Marketing, Warner Bros. International Television Distribution (WBITD), since October 1998, and Vice President, International Marketing & Research, WBITD, from 1994–1998.
Gregorian began her association with Warner Bros. when she joined Lorimar Telepictures in 1986 (the company was later acquired by Warner Bros.) and has held various positions, including Director, International Home Video & Caribbean Television, and Director, International Research & Pre-Sale Marketing.
She is a member of the Television Academy, the National Association of Television Program Executives, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles, and the Governing Body of the California CMO Collective. She previously served as Co-Chair of the PromaxBDA association.
David Haddad is President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and is responsible for all aspects of the company’s overall operations, including publishing, operations, sales, marketing, digital/mobile games, business development and game production.
Under Haddad’s oversight, WBIE creates games across all platforms utilizing its wholly owned, award-winning development studios—TT Games, Rocksteady Studios, NetherRealm Studios, Monolith Productions, Turbine, Playdemic, Avalanche Software, WB Games Montréal and WB Games San Francisco. Additionally, the company owns WB Games New York, which builds centralized online services utilized by all WB Games developers.
In 2019, WBIE will launch the highly anticipated “Mortal Kombat 11” and the “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” mobile game. As the head of WBIE, Haddad also serves on the board of the Entertainment Software Association.
Prior to his current post, Haddad served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Before that, he was Executive Vice President, Publishing Operations, having joined the company in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Digital Publishing.
Prior to joining WBIE, Haddad was the COO of the “Guitar Hero” Division, one of the top video game franchises of all time, at Activision Blizzard, where he was responsible for all aspects of the global business. Before the merger of Activision and Vivendi Games, Haddad was COO of the Sierra Online division. Haddad oversaw Sierra Online’s global product marketing, sales, live production and business development initiatives for PC platform and console downloadable titles.
Prior to joining Sierra Online, Haddad was executive vice president of Business Development for The Hatchery, a family-focused media entertainment company. Haddad led the company’s business development initiatives, operations and business strategy and was responsible for scouting and acquiring intellectual properties for development. Before that, Haddad was President and COO of LivePlanet Inc., an entertainment company (founded by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon) that developed integrated programming designed to leverage the power of traditional media with new media.
Haddad was also a divisional President at Mattel, overseeing its Mattel Media interactive toy division and the Barbie Division. Haddad also served as Vice President and Publisher of the Walt Disney Company’s children’s publishing division.
He holds an MBA in marketing from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration and a bachelor’s degree in business from Miami University.
Walter Hamada is President, DC-Based Film Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. In this role, he oversees WBP’s slate of films based on Super Heroes and Super-Villains from DC, as well as titles based on other characters and stories also licensed from DC, including its Vertigo and MAD Magazine imprints. Hamada draws upon resources from across both WBP and New Line Cinema and works closely with Geoff Johns, President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.
Prior to his current role, Hamada served as Executive Vice President, Production at New Line Cinema, having joined the company in 2007 as Senior Vice President, Production. Among the films he worked on during his decade-long tenure are Friday the 13th, Final Destination, A Nightmare on Elm Street, the global blockbusters The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2, Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation, which together comprise the highest-grossing horror franchise of all time, and IT, the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
Before New Line, Hamada spent four years as a partner at the management and production firm H2F Entertainment. Prior to that, he ran development for MBST Entertainment. Hamada began his career at TriStar Pictures where he ultimately served as Vice President, Production for Columbia Pictures.
Mark Kaufman serves as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. In this role, Kaufman is charged with identifying titles and characters from the world-renowned Warner Bros. Entertainment library that would lend themselves to the stage and developing them into theatrical productions.
Kaufman produced the West End, Broadway, and First National Tour of the Olivier Award-winning musical Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, the Broadway stage adaptation of Stephen King’s Misery by William Goldman and starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf, as well as the Tony Award-winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time on Broadway.
The division is currently readying the world premiere of the musical version of the cult classic Beetlejuice, directed by Alex Timbers, at the National Theatre in Washington, DC, in advance of its Broadway bow in Spring 2019. Kaufman also recently completed a successful summer run of the musical version of Dave, directed by Tina Landau, at the Arena Theatre in Washington, DC. Recent and upcoming projects include a musical adaptation of 17 Again, premiering at NAMT in Fall 2018, a dramatic version of Dog Day Afternoon, adapted by Stephen Adley Guirgis, and a stage version of the classic movie musical A Star is Born, directed by Bill Condon.
Under Kaufman’s leadership, Theatre Ventures is constantly exploring production opportunities and working in various capacities with award-winning theater, film, and television producers. The division’s roster of upcoming projects includes dramas, comedies, and musicals based on both library titles and original concepts. Theatre Ventures was recently represented on Broadway and on tour with the Tony Award-winning original musical The Bridges of Madison County. Other Broadway productions include the holiday hit Elf. This original musical, based on the New Line Cinema release of the same name, was produced in both 2010 and 2012, and broke box office records at the Al Hirschfield Theatre during its initial run. The division also co-produced the original musical Secondhand Lions, at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre in September 2013.
Additionally, Kaufman is responsible for the division’s licensing of third-party stage rights to the various properties held within the studio’s vast media library, including such recent stage productions as The Wizard of Oz, The Color Purple, 42nd Street, Singin’ in the Rain, Top Hat, The Bodyguard, Diner, Honeymoon in Vegas, and A Christmas Story, as well as the upcoming Magic Mike and August Rush.
Kaufman joined Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures from Unique Features and, before that, New Line Cinema. Kaufman supervised and oversaw both Broadway productions of the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray and the Tony-nominated musical The Wedding Singer for New Line, as well as the initial stage production of Elf. Additionally, during his 16 years at New Line, Kaufman oversaw such films as Secondhand Lions and Hairspray. He served as executive producer on My Sister’s Keeper, and the hit comedies Four Christmases and 17 Again. He is also a produced writer, having created Toothless, starring Kirstie Alley and Lynn Redgrave, for ABC's The Wonderful World of Disney, and Just a Walk in the Park with George Eads and Jane Krakowski for ABC Family.
Pam Lifford was named President, Warner Bros. Global Brands and Experiences in September 2018, with responsibility for the Warner Bros. Consumer Products, DC, Themed Entertainment and Global Franchise businesses.
WBGBE was founded to align strategies and increase consumer engagement across the company’s key brands and franchises, while supporting and furthering the Studio’s ongoing initiatives to move its businesses and products closer to the consumer. Through WBGBE, the company has increased opportunities to develop and grow consumer relationships over time and across the breadth of a franchise, with a multi-generational focus on these interactions so there are lifelong opportunities for engagement. Additionally, through expertly curated experiences, fans are able to create moments and memories, further strengthening their connection with Warner Bros.’ and DC’s iconic characters, brands and franchises.
In her role as President, WBGBE, Lifford is charged with developing all-new fan-engagement business opportunities as well as working to align the current fan-focused activities of WBCP, Themed Entertainment and DC that lend themselves to next-level development. She also works with all divisions of the Studio to ensure that every touchpoint for cross-divisional and cross-company collaboration is maximized. Additionally, she coordinates with WarnerMedia sister companies HBO and Turner as well as various AT&T divisions when appropriate. Global Brands and Experiences operates with a “never go dark” approach, offering consumers compelling opportunities 24/7, everywhere they interact with Warner Bros.’ IP.
Lifford joined the Studio as President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products in February 2016, with responsibility for all WBCP business functions, including domestic and international licensing, worldwide marketing, business and legal affairs, finance and retail business development related to some of the most highly regarded entertainment franchises in the world. In her first year at WBCP, she increased overall business by 47 percent and has continued a consistent growth trajectory through her second and current year.
With more than 25 years of experience, Lifford is widely respected across the consumer products industry. She spent 12 years at The Walt Disney Co., rising through the ranks to become a member of the consumer products executive leadership team where, as Executive Vice President, she oversaw the global home, fashion and infant businesses. In this capacity, she worked directly with licensees and major retailers around the world on innovative merchandising and retail programs that drove significant business growth for the company. Lifford also worked at Quiksilver, Inc., where she served as Executive Vice President, Global Licensing. Earlier in her career, she held positions at Road Runner Sports and Nike.
Leslie Morgenstein serves as President, Alloy Entertainment and oversees the company’s strategy and creative mission. Morgenstein also serves as an executive producer on Alloy Entertainment’s television series and feature films, and has successfully produced shows across multiple networks, including The CW, ABC, Freeform, Lifetime and Nickelodeon.
Hit series under Morgenstein’s leadership include Warner Bros. Television’s Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, The Originals and The 100. He produced Warner Bros. Pictures’ Everything, Everything and Warner Premiere’s The Clique and Sex Drive. He also executive produced Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2.
Morgenstein previously served as president of Alloy’s predecessor, 17th Street Productions, Inc. He has an undergraduate degree in writing and photography from Sarah Lawrence College, an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business and completed his master’s work in English and creative writing at the City College of New York.
He lives in Los Angeles and is an avid runner.
Mark Pedowitz was named President, The CW in April 2011, overseeing all aspects of the network, including programming, sales, marketing, distribution, finance, research and publicity.
A joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation, The CW’s primetime slate features some of the most talked about shows on television, including the hit series Arrow, and Beauty and the Beast.
Under Pedowitz’s guidance, The CW has made several bold, transformative moves, including bolstering its primetime schedule with more original programming, launching the network’s first ever summer schedule and becoming more aggressive in the digital and social media space, especially through its landmark deals with Netflix and Hulu.
A veteran network and television studio executive, Pedowitz joined The CW with a strong background in program development, production and business affairs. As President of ABC Studios from 2004-2009, his leadership produced multiple seasons of successful programming that fed the Walt Disney Company's distribution pipelines worldwide, including such hit series as Lost, Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, Army Wives, Ghost Whisperer and Criminal Minds.
Before joining The CW, Pedowitz helmed an independent production banner, Pine Street Entertainment, where he Executive Produced a pilot for Lifetime entitled Meet Jane. Another project, The Crazy Ones, starring Robin Williams and written by David E. Kelley, for Twentieth Century Fox Studios and CBS, was ordered to pilot.
Prior to joining ABC Studios, Pedowitz served as Executive Vice President, ABC Entertainment Television Group, overseeing all business, legal and financial affairs for ABC Primetime and Touchstone Television, as well as business/legal affairs for ABC Daytime. He joined ABC in 1991 as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Contracts.
Before joining ABC, Pedowitz was Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and Administration, MGM/UA Television Production Group, a position he had held since 1987. From 1985-87, Pedowitz was Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel, The Landsburg Company. From 1980-85, he was Vice President, Business Affairs, Reeves Entertainment.
Pedowitz is currently a board member of BMI; he previously served on the Academy Foundation Board and on the board of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society.
Pedowitz began his career in the entertainment industry as an attorney at MCA, Inc.
Sam Register serves as President, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Warner Digital Series.
In this capacity, Register supervises Blue Ribbon Content (BRC), the Studio’s shortform digital content production unit, and is responsible for spearheading the development and production of original live-action digital series for the company. He is charged with identifying opportunities for collaboration with new writers and producers, as well as tapping creative talent already working at the Studio. In addition to live-action, BRC is producing animated programming and is also experimenting with emerging platforms such as virtual reality. BRC’s current programming slate includes UNINTERRUPTED, Now We’re Talking for go90, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles for Machinima and Vixen for CW Seed, as well as the Batman: The Animated Series virtual reality experience with OTOY Inc., among others.
In addition to his digital series responsibilities at BRC, Register also runs the Studio’s television animation unit (Warner Bros. Animation). He oversees creative efforts related to the development and creation of new programming, including traditional animated series and original shorts for television, and content for digital platforms. He also works closely with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on the Studio’s animated original movies for the home entertainment marketplace.
Current series produced by WBA under Register’s leadership include Be Cool Scooby-Doo, Bunnicula, Justice League Action, Teen Titans Go!, The Tom and Jerry Show and Wabbit–A Looney Tunes Production for Cartoon Network; Mike Tyson Mysteries for Adult Swim; and Green Eggs and Ham, a half-hour comedy for Netflix, debuting in 2018.
Prior to being named to his current post in 2014, Register had served as WBA’s Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs, since 2008, after having joined the Studio in November 2007 as a producer with a multi-property development and production deal at WBA. Before Warner Bros., Register was a producer and senior animation executive at Cartoon Network for ten years, where he developed hit animated series such as Ben 10 and Teen Titans. During his tenure as a Senior Vice President at Cartoon Network, he oversaw numerous successful program launches such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars and WBA’s Duck Dodgers, reinvigorated the DC Comics animated universe with WBA’s The Batman and Justice League Unlimited, and helped grow CartoonNetwork.com from a small marketing portal to an exciting kids’ entertainment destination.
Blair Rich serves as President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures Group and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. With both film and home entertainment marketing overseen by Rich, the Studio is able to strategically manage film titles through their entire lifecycle, respond nimbly to consumer demand, and increase benefits to its filmmaking, exhibition and retail partners. She was named to this post in January 2018.
Rich leads the development and execution of all marketing campaigns for both the Studio’s global theatrical and home entertainment releases. The Warner Bros. Pictures Group markets titles produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, as well as the Studio’s various production partners, including Alcon Entertainment, MGM and Legendary. Rich has oversight of Warner Bros. Pictures’ worldwide creative advertising, publicity, media, global digital, global promotions, worldwide research and multi-cultural groups. She also oversees the Home Entertainment marketing operation.
Most recently, Rich led the marketing efforts on many of 2018’s box office hits, including “Ready Player One,” “Ocean’s 8,” “The Meg,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Nun,” “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” “The Mule” and the billion-dollar blockbuster “Aquaman.” For 2019, Rich and the global marketing team will be handling a broad slate of titles, including “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” “Shazam!,” “The Curse of La Llorona,” “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” “It Chapter 2,” “Joker,” “The Goldfinch” and “The Good Liar.”
Prior to her promotion, Rich served as President, Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures and, before that, as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing. She was also Senior Vice President, Marketing and Creative Advertising for the Studio’s international film division, having previously served as Vice President. After graduating from Georgetown University in 1997, Rich joined Warner Bros. Pictures International as a marketing trainee. She quickly rose through the ranks, becoming a director in 2002.
In addition to her professional responsibilities, Rich serves on the board of directors of LA Family Housing, whose mission is to help families transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and daughter.
Peter Roth was named President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group, in May 2013, assuming creative responsibility for all of Warner Bros.’ television production activities worldwide. In this capacity, Roth serves as President of Warner Bros. Television, one of the entertainment industry’s most respected providers of original content, producing award-winning drama and comedy series for broadcast network television, cable and on-demand/subscription platforms. He also has creative oversight of Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures, Shed Media and Warner Bros. International Television Production (producing local versions of Studio-owned programming in territories around the world and developing original local programming on a market-by-market basis), as well as Blue Ribbon Content.
Roth’s acumen for developing and producing successful programming has brought Warner Bros. the distinction of being the most prolific studio in Hollywood during his tenure. He joined the company in March 1999 as President, Warner Bros. Television, assuming oversight of one of the industry’s leading television production companies. Under Roth’s leadership, Warner Bros. has been the #1 supplier of programming to the U.S. broadcast networks for 14 of his 19 years at the Studio.
He expanded his duties in April 2006 to include heading up the then-newly created Warner Horizon Television, a separate production entity specializing in the creation of scripted series for the cable marketplace (Warner Horizon Scripted Television), and primetime reality series for both network and cable (Warner Horizon Unscripted Television), which quickly became an industry leader.
In April 2008, Roth was tapped to supervise the Studio’s non-feature animation production activities. As overseer of Warner Bros. Animation, he has ultimate responsibility for animated and live-action series based on animated properties, online/new media animation ventures and direct-to-platform releases for the company. In 2014, Roth added oversight of Blue Ribbon Content, the Television Group’s production studio for original digital series.
As of August 2018, the divisions of the Warner Bros. Television Group combined are producing more than 100 programs for the U.S. broadcast networks as well as cable and subscription/on-demand platforms for the 2018–19 television season.
Warner Bros. Television’s broadcast network primetime series include the comedies “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Murphy Brown” and “Young Sheldon” for CBS, as well as the dramas “God Friended Me” and “The Red Line”; the action-dramedy “Whiskey Cavalier” and comedy “Splitting Up Together” for ABC; dramas “Blindspot” and “Manifest” plus comedy “Trial & Error” for NBC; dramas “Gotham” and “Lethal Weapon” for FOX; and the following dramas for The CW: “The 100,” “All American,” “Arrow,” “Black Lightning,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “iZOMBIE,” “Legacies,” “Riverdale,” “Roswell, New Mexico,” “Supergirl” and “Supernatural,” among others.
For cable and the on-demand/streaming marketplace, Warner Bros. Television also produces “Demimonde,” “Lovecraft Country,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “Westworld” for HBO; “AJ and the Queen,” “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” “The Kominsky Method,” “Lucifer,” “Madam CJ Walker” and an untitled Dolly Parton anthology series for Netflix; “Castle Rock” and “Shrill” for Hulu; “Little Voice” for Apple; “Shameless” for Showtime; plus “Doom Patrol,” “Stargirl,” “Swamp Thing” and “Titans” for the DC Universe digital service.
Warner Horizon Scripted Television’s series are “Animal Kingdom” and “Claws” for TNT; “American Woman” for Paramount Network; “David Makes Man,” “Love Is___” and “Queen Sugar” or OWN; “Fuller House” for Netflix; “Krypton” for Syfy; “Pennyworth” for EPIX; “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” for Freeform; and “You” for Lifetime.
Warner Bros. Animation’s slate includes series such as “Animaniacs” for Hulu; “Green Eggs and Ham” for Netflix; “DC Super Hero Girls,” “Teen Titans Go!,” “ThunderCats Roar” and “Unikitty!” for Cartoon Network; “Mike Tyson Mysteries” for Adult Swim; “Be Cool Scooby-Doo!,” “Bunnicula,” “Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz,” “Scooby-Doo! and Guess Who,” “The Tom and Jerry Show,” “New Looney Tunes,” “Wacky Races” and “Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs” for Boomerang; the “Looney Tunes Cartoons” shorts program; and both “Harley Quinn” and “Young Justice” for the DC Universe digital service. WBA’s full-length theatrical film, “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies,” was released July 27, 2018.
Thus far during Roth’s tenure at the Studio, 29 scripted primetime series developed under his leadership have reached the coveted 100-episode milestone, or will do so during the 2018–19 season (“The Flash,” “Gotham” and “Shameless”): “2 Broke Girls,” “Arrow,” “The Big Bang Theory” (250+ episodes), “The Closer,” “Cold Case,” “The Flash” (in 2018–19), “Fringe,” “George Lopez,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Gossip Girl,” “Gotham” (in 2018–19), “Major Crimes,” “The Mentalist” (151 episodes), “The Middle (200+ episodes),” “Mike & Molly,” “Mom,” “Nip/Tuck,” “One Tree Hill” (188 episodes), “Person of Interest,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Shameless” (in 2018–19), “Smallville” (218 episodes), “Supernatural” (280+ episodes), “Third Watch,” “Two and a Half Men” (262 episodes), “The Vampire Diaries,” “The West Wing” (156 episodes) and “Without a Trace” (160 episodes). Also notable was the 300th episode of the acclaimed drama series “ER,” which was in its fifth season when Roth arrived at the Studio and which continued on for an additional 10 years, concluding a highly successful 15-year run in April 2009.
Warner Horizon Unscripted Television’s series include “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise” and “The Proposal” for ABC; “Ellen’s Game of Games,” “Little Big Shots” and “The Voice” for NBC; “The World’s Best” for CBS; and “Love Connection” and “Mental Samurai” for FOX, among others.
The Telepictures series slate includes “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “Extra,” “Judge Mathis,” “Love Connection” (produced in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television), “OBJECTified,” “The People’s Court,” “The Real,” “TMZ,” “TMZ Live” and “TMZ Sports.”
Series produced by Shed Media include “Basketball Wives: Los Angeles” for VH1, “Criminal Confessions” for Oxygen, “Glam Masters” for Lifetime, “License to Kill” for Oxygen, the “Long Lost Family” franchise and “Who Do You Think You Are?” for TLC, “The Real Housewives of New York City” for Bravo and “Warriors of Liberty City” for Starz, among others.
Blue Ribbon Content’s live-action productions include digital feature “Daphne and Velma” for Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, comedies “Beerfest” and “JoJoHead” for CW Seed, SpringHill Entertainment’s basketball documentary series “Best Shot” for YouTube Red and the following upcoming projects: the second season of the UNINTERRUPTED comedy “Now We’re Talking,” the comedies “Critters: A New Binge” and “Golden Revenge,” and the digital feature “Good Girls Get High.” Animated BRC programs include “Constantine: City of Demons” and “Freedom Fighters: The Ray” for CW Seed, “ellen’s Pet Dish” for ellentube, and “Ginger Snaps” for ABC Digital.
In recognition of his career accomplishments, Roth was honored as one of the 2008 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award honorees, presented by NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) at its annual Conference & Exhibition. He was also named the 2008 Television Showman of the Year at the ICG 45th Annual Publicists Awards.
Roth came to Warner Bros. Television after having served as President, FOX Entertainment, since September 1996. While there, he was responsible for the development and programming of the Emmy® Award–winning “Ally McBeal,” “That ’70s Show” and “Family Guy.” Prior to working at the network, he joined Twentieth Television Corp. in June 1992, when he was named President of Production at Twentieth Network Television (currently 20th Century Fox Television Productions).
In June 1993, he was promoted to President of Twentieth Network Television and became President of 20th Century Fox Television in June 1994. While there, he was responsible for shepherding what was then the most successful pilot-selling season in the history of that studio, with 10 pilots picked up for production during the 1996–97 television season. His series productions include “The X-Files,” “Chicago Hope,” “Picket Fences,” “The Practice,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Millennium” and “King of the Hill.” Prior to joining Twentieth Television Corp., Roth was President of Stephen J. Cannell Productions, where, during a six-year tenure, he was involved with the creation and sale of such critically acclaimed series as “21 Jump Street,” “Wiseguy” and “The Commish.”
Roth spent 10 years at the ABC Television Network, where he began his television career in 1976 as Manager of Children’s Programs. He was promoted that same year to Director and was responsible for ABC’s number one–rated Saturday morning schedule. In June 1979, he was named Director of Current Primetime Programs and was promoted to Vice President, Current Primetime Series, in November 1981, overseeing such classic shows as “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Moonlighting” and “Dynasty.”
A native of Larchmont, New York, Roth attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated cum laude from Tufts University in 1972. He resides in Brentwood, California, with his wife, Andrea, and their two children.
Ron Sanders serves as President, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In this role, he oversees global theatrical distribution and the Studio’s home entertainment distribution operation—the world’s largest. Having both film and home entertainment distribution under Sanders’ purview allows for strategic management of film titles through their entire lifecycle, nimble response to consumer demand, and increased benefits to our filmmaking, exhibition and retail partners. He was named to this post in January 2018.
In his theatrical distribution role, Sanders oversees the dating and release plans of all Warner Bros. Pictures Group (WBP, New Line Cinema) film releases for the global marketplace, working with the teams responsible for all matters relating to global film distribution and release functions. Additionally, Sanders manages local film production for the Studio, overseeing the 50+ local-language films produced around the world each year by Warner Bros.
On the Home Entertainment side, Sanders has served as President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment since 2013. Under his leadership, the Studio has consistently held the top market share in Hollywood in home entertainment, including the distribution of product involving such iconic franchises as Batman, Superman, The Hobbit, Harry Potter and LEGO. With consumers increasingly embracing new technologies enabling the delivery of entertainment across myriad fixed and mobile platforms, Sanders has built WBHE into the industry’s largest digital distributor of films and TV shows through video on demand and electronic sell through.
WBHE handles the global distribution of home entertainment products from Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Warner Bros. Television Group, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Sanders is also responsible for the studio’s videogame publishing business. As one of the industry’s top five largest game publishers, Warner Bros. has released such hits as Batman: Arkham, Mortal Kombat, Shadow of Mordor and the hugely popular LEGO games.
In recognition of his leadership, Sanders served as Chairman of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (2008 – 2016), a coalition involving Hollywood’s film studios as well as many of the world’s largest technology, electronics, and digital delivery companies.
Sanders joined Warner Bros. in 1991 after serving in various capacities with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. An inductee into Variety’s Home Entertainment Hall of Fame, Sanders earned a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University in Alabama. He is an Emeritus Member of the Auburn University School of Business Advisory Council, an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and serves on Northwestern University's Parent Leadership Council and School of Communication National Advisory Council. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.
Jeffrey R. Schlesinger was named President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution in May 2013 responsible for distribution of the Studio’s content to all television platforms worldwide, including the sale of previously produced series and feature films to U.S. broadcast and cable outlets, domestic syndication and sales to SVOD and AVOD platforms.
He is also responsible for the business operations of Warner Bros. International Television Production, which has a mandate to acquire or build operating production companies in major territories around the world to create locally produced versions of programs owned by the Studio and to develop original local programming on a market by market basis. And, with Peter Roth, President & Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Television Group, he shares oversight of Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Marketing.
Previously, Schlesinger served as President, Warner Bros. International Television, a role he held in 1994, in which he oversaw all activities of the division, including production, distribution, investment and strategy.
Prior to being named President, Schlesinger served as Senior Vice President, International Television Distribution from 1984–1994, at both Warner Bros. International Television Distribution and Lorimar Telepictures (acquired by Warner Bros. Entertainment in 1990). Before that, he served as Vice President, International Sales at Telepictures Distribution.
Before joining Telepictures, Schlesinger was National Sales Manager for the Astral Television division of Astral/Bellevue Pathe (1982–83), responsible for the distribution of programs in Canada for 20th Century Fox, Telepictures, dick clark productions, Rank and EMI Films. From 1979 to 1982, he served as Syndication Sales Manager for MCA/Universal TV in Canada, after serving as an international sales executive in the company’s New York office.
In 1978 and 1979, Schlesinger worked at The Children’s Television Workshop as the International Production and Distribution Manager, responsible for the worldwide distribution of Sesame Street, as well as the servicing of the series’ numerous co-productions internationally.
Schlesinger began his career as a film editor for CBS’ highly acclaimed, top-rated 60 Minutes. He is a graduate of New York University with a bachelor of fine arts degree in film production.
Schlesinger currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Institute of World Affairs.
Steven S. Spira serves as President, Worldwide Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Pictures, a post to which he was promoted in January 2004. In this position, he is responsible for overseeing the business aspects of the Studio’s worldwide operations as they pertain to development, production and distribution of theatrical films for Warner Bros. Pictures, DC-based film production and Warner Animation Group.
Prior to his current position, Spira had served as Executive Vice President, Worldwide Business Affairs, Warner Bros. Pictures since August 1999. Before that, he was Executive Vice President, Theatrical Business Affairs, a post to which he was promoted in 1996. He has also served as Senior Vice President, Theatrical Business Affairs and Vice President, Business Affairs, a position he was promoted to in 1986, after joining the Studio in 1985.
Before his affiliation with Warner Bros. Pictures, Spira was senior counsel for Twentieth Century Fox, following 10 years with the New York-based law firm of Monasch, Chazen and Stream.
Spira received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from The City College of New York and his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he graduated as a Samuel Belkin Scholar and was a member of the Law Review. In 2009, he received The Hollywood Reporter’s Power Lawyers’ Raising the Bar Studio Lawyer Award.
Courtenay Valenti is currently President, Production and Development for Warner Bros. Pictures. In her current position, she oversees and manages the division’s live action and animated development teams and budget, working closely with Toby Emmerich, the Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, on overall slate development.
A 30-year Studio veteran, Valenti rose through the creative development ranks, most recently serving as Co-President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. She was the creative force behind the Studio’s resurgence in feature animation where she shepherded such titles as “The LEGO Movie” and “The LEGO Batman Movie.” During her tenure at the studio, she has developed and supervised a wide variety of films such as: Academy Award-winning “Happy Feet,” the last four films in the Harry Potter series, “The Great Gatsby” from director Baz Luhrmann, Academy Award-winning “Mad Max: Fury Road” from writer/director George Miller, “The Intern” from writer/director Nancy Meyers, and J.K. Rowling’s "Fantastic Beasts" film series.
Earlier in her career she developed and supervised films such as Nora Ephron’s “You’ve Got Mail,” “Message in a Bottle,” Alfonso Cuaron’s “A Little Princess,” Brad Bird’s “Iron Giant,” “North Country,” “Singles,” “Contact” and “Selena,” among others.
Valenti was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Washington, D.C. She graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a double major in English and Economics. After graduation, she worked at the New York City investment banking firm Lehman Brothers in mortgage finance, first as a mortgage finance analyst and later as mortgage securities trader.
Valenti lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two children. She sits on the board of trustees of the LBJ Presidential Library and Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the MPTF’s Social Services Committee, a Los Angeles-based, non-profit, social services organization.
Jim Wuthrich serves as President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment and Games. In this role he manages the Studio’s home entertainment and videogame businesses (Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, respectively), including finance, business development, operations, legal, supply chain, sales and marketing.
Throughout his career with Warner Bros., Wuthrich has been central to the development and growth of the home entertainment business, from the introduction of DVD to the ongoing transition to digital. He was a pioneer in the development of digital ownership formats, forging strong alliances with Apple, Amazon, Google, Sony, Microsoft and Walmart, and licensing Warner Bros. content to numerous global services. He was inducted into Variety’s Home Entertainment and Digital Hall of Fame in 2017.
Previously, Wuthrich served as President, The Americas and Global Strategy, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, responsible for the division’s operations in the U.S., Canada, and Latin, Central and South America. Prior to that, he was President, International Home Video and Digital Distribution, overseeing DVD, digital and games distribution.
Wuthrich has held numerous positions at the Studio since joining Warner Home Video in 1998 as Director, Marketing and rising through the ranks as Vice President, Marketing Theatrical New Release, Senior Vice President, Digital Distribution and Senior Vice President, Electronic Sell Through and Interactive Marketing. Prior to his career at Warner Bros., he led a tech startup and worked for Hallmark Cards as a strategist.
A graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, Wuthrich holds a degree in business from University of Wisconsin-Madison.