Cerio, whose entertainment career has spanned more than four decades, has served as the head of the industry’s leading cable domestic distribution division since 2009. Decker will now assume the role of overseeing licensing of all Warner Bros. Entertainment programming - including television series, theatrical motion pictures, animation and original digital productions - to pay television, premium and basic cable networks, satellite and telco services, D2 broadcast networks as well as subscription-video-on-demand platforms throughout the United States.
“Tommy is one of the most talented, innovative and dare I say, well-liked, executives in the television industry,” said Schlesinger. “He has always been passionate about his deals as well as his relationships across the industry with clients, colleagues and competitors alike. He is an innovative deal-maker, a savvy strategist and above all an ethical and respected executive. While we will miss not having him run our cable and SVOD business on a daily basis, we are fortunate that he has agreed to let us to continue to tap into his expertise as a consultant.”
Decker was promoted last year to the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, overseeing the combined domestic and international television distribution’s business & legal affairs groups.
Schlesinger continued: “David is the perfect person to take the reins from Tommy and lead our cable and SVOD sales domestically. Having worked on numerous innovative, complex and unusual licensing agreements on a global basis, David has a wide-ranging understanding of the distribution marketplace, its challenges and its opportunities. We are confident David will continue to lead this group in the spirit of excellence that Tommy has created and even take it to the next level.”
A 10-year veteran of the company, Decker had previously served as Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures Productions, since 2009. Prior to joining the Company, Decker spent six years at Stone Stanley Entertainment. Before that, he served as a production attorney in the business affairs department at Buena Vista Television and as a contract attorney in the legal department of Paramount Pictures Network Television. He has also practiced civil litigation at civil defense law firms in Los Angeles and served as an independent legal consultant to a number of entertainment companies. Decker holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School (CA) and a bachelor’s degree in French literature from Dickinson College.
About Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution:
Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution (WBDTD) is one of the leading suppliers of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace, distributing first-run syndicated series, off-network television programs and theatrical motion pictures to local broadcast television stations, as well as to pay, cable, digital, satellite and telco services, D2 broadcast networks as well as subscription-video-on-demand platforms throughout the U.S. WBDTD handles the domestic distribution of television series produced by Warner Bros. Television, Telepictures Productions, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Horizon Television; selected HBO Independent Productions and the Lorimar Television library; current feature films from Warner Bros. Pictures; and the Studio's unmatched motion picture library.