(January 10, 2019 – Burbank, CA) Jay Levine has been promoted to the newly created corporate post of Executive Vice President, Television Business Strategy and Digital Services, Warner Bros. Entertainment, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. Levine will report directly to Tsujihara on all matters related to television, and to the Studio’s Chief Digital Officer and Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development, Thomas Gewecke, in his Digital Services role.
“As content creation and distribution business models continue to evolve at breakneck speed, we’ll look to Jay in this new corporate role to have his eyes on the horizon for what’s next and how Warner Bros. can not only get ahead of the curve, but help define it,” said Tsujihara. “In his nearly 10 years with the Studio, he’s proven himself to be incredibly insightful, forward-focused and able to lead transformation across businesses. I know he’ll continue to make significant and important contributions to our future success.”
In his new role, Levine will primarily oversee corporate planning for the continued growth and operational management of all businesses within the Warner Bros. Television Group (WBTVG), working closely with its senior leadership team. He will also join Tsujihara on the Board of The CW Network, filling the Studio’s second seat.
In addition, Levine will oversee a portfolio of digital businesses, including DC Universe, the OTT service recently launched in partnership with DC Comics, and Warner Bros.’ interests in the Boomerang OTT service (a partnership with Turner Networks), Ellen Digital Networks (a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres) and Uninterrupted (a partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter). He will also lead various digital collaborations with the Studio’s WarnerMedia sister companies HBO, Turner and Otter Media, and serve as a key member of the Studio’s team working with WarnerMedia on its recently announced direct-to-consumer OTT service.
Prior to this promotion, Levine served as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. Before that, he was Senior Vice President, Business & Strategic Planning, WBTVG and Vice President, Business Planning, WBTVG. In these TV Group roles, he was integral in the expansion of The CW through digital partnerships with Netflix and Hulu, the development of new linear and on-demand distribution windows for WBTVG series, the acquisition and growth of Alloy Entertainment across books, TV and film and the build-out of Blue Ribbon Content, WBTVG’s short-form programming production unit, as well as the creation of new strategic partnerships which helped lead to the formation of Warner Bros. Digital Networks.
Before joining WBTVG in 2009, Levine worked at The Walt Disney Company in its Corporate Strategy and Business Development Group and at ESPN.com. Levine began his career at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in its Media & Entertainment Group of the Investment Banking Division. Levine earned both his Bachelor of Science in economics and an MBA in accounting and finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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