(September 24, 2003 – Burbank, CA) - Darcy Antonellis has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Distribution & Technology Operations and Chuck Dages has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Emerging Technology, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, it was announced today by Chris Cookson, President, Warner Bros. Technical Operations (WBTO). Both Antonellis and Dages will report directly to Cookson, who heads Warner Bros. Technical Operations. Corporate oversight of WBTO falls under the aegis of Kevin Tsujihara, Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. In his new position, Dages will be responsible for locating, identifying, evaluating and implementing new strategic technologies that may impact Warner Bros. Entertainment’s television, online, interactive and wireless businesses. Dages is also charged with managing the technological aspects of Warner Bros. Entertainment’s entry into the massive multi-player games arena with the upcoming launch of “The Matrix Online.” In her new position, Antonellis will oversee all technical strategic planning and implementation related to next-generation content distribution covering a variety of digital distribution technologies, including digital cinema and company-wide media asset management initiatives. She’ll also maintain existing P&L operations and servicing responsibilities dealing with theatrical and television content storage, fulfillment, and distribution. “More changes have taken place in the technologies that affect the production and distribution of entertainment product in the past decade than in the entire history of the business, which is why it is imperative that we have executives of Darcy and Chuck’s caliber playing major roles in our operation,” said Cookson. “They’ve both made invaluable contributions to the company during their tenure and we’ll continue to look to them for their expertise and leadership.” Antonellis most recently served as Senior Vice President, Distribution Technologies & Operations, Warner Bros. Technical Operations, where she oversaw the company's transition from traditional distribution technologies to the digital distribution of content via new and extended channels including video-on-demand and high definition and was responsible for the technical and operational changes necessary to support these new opportunities. Antonellis joined Warner Bros. in 1998 as Senior Vice President, Operations, Technical Operations. Prior to joining Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Antonellis was Vice President, Technical and Olympic Operations for CBS Inc., having also served as Vice President, Technical Operations in New York and Director, Washington Operations, for the CBS News Bureau in Washington, DC. Antonellis also served as Vice President, Operations and Engineering for WTTG-TV, the Fox Affiliate in Washington, DC. Within operations and engineering, she has worked on numerous, and often live, productions for news, sports, and entertainment. She was in charge of operations for the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. A veteran of three Olympics, she last headed up Operations and Engineering for CBS Sports’ coverage of the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. She also worked as Director of Operations stationed in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Gulf War. She has received two Emmy Awards for technical production work on the Olympics and honors for work in the field of engineering from her undergraduate Alma Mater, Temple University. Dages previously served as Senior Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Warner Bros. Corporate Business Development & Strategy (and at Warner Bros. New Media before that), supervising the selection and installation of technical systems, architectures and software for creating and distributing Warner Bros. Entertainment’s film and television products. He was a member of the team that created The WB Television Network and helped develop a distribution file server system that extended the reach of The WB to smaller US television markets. Prior to joining Warner Bros. Technical Operations, Dages was Vice President of Engineering for CBS. Among his accomplishments at the network were the technical facilities design of the Ed Sullivan Theater for “Late Night with David Letterman”; the Winter Olympics broadcasts from Albertville, France and Lillehammer, Norway; the CBS TV Broadcast Origination Center; and post production facilities for such shows as “60 Minutes” and “The Evening News with Dan Rather.” Dages also held the positions of Vice President, East Coast Operations and Vice President, Development at CBS Inc. He was one of the innovators creating the predecessor of the Internet service provider Prodigy. He’s been awarded Emmys for his technical work on “NFL Today” (1989 & 1991) and the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.
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