(July 15, 2003 – Burbank, CA) - Chris Cookson has been promoted to President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations Inc. and will continue to serve as Chief Technology Officer for the Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. In this newly created position, Cookson will oversee Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Warner Bros. Advanced Media Services and Global Digital Media Xchange. Warner Bros. Technical Operations is responsible for all video duplication distribution, video mastering, preservation/archiving and restoration of film and tape for the Warner Bros. Entertainment Group of Companies. An industry leader in helping to define the technical standards for the secure digital delivery of intellectual property and the general protection of copyrights, Cookson is also responsible for developing and adapting new technologies for all of the Studio’s various businesses. “Chris is truly an industry vanguard on the digital future of our business,” said Tsujihara. “We will continue to look to him to lead our efforts in defining digital distribution standards, as well as the protection of our intellectual property.” Cookson has served the last six years as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, having initially joined the company in 1992 to head up the then-newly formed Technical Operations division. During his tenure with the company he has been instrumental in the development and launch of DVD and the WB 100+ Network, as well as transitioning the Studio from traditional videotape usage to digital applications. Cookson came to the Studio from the CBS Television Network, where he served as Vice President and General Manager, Operations and Engineering. Before that, he spent 10 years at the ABC Television Network in variety of capacities, including Director, ABC Olympic Broadcast Centers in 1994 (for which he was awarded an Emmy). Cookson holds numerous U.S. technological patents and has won two Emmy Awards.
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