President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Ken Werner serves as President, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, overseeing the operations of one of the entertainment industry’s leading distributors of entertainment programming to the domestic television marketplace. In this role, Werner supervises the distribution of all Warner Bros. Entertainment programming, including first-run syndicated series, off-network television programs and feature films.
Werner was named WBDTD’s President in August 2006, taking charge of local television station distribution of first-run and off-network syndicated series, as well as theatrical motion pictures. In January 2008, as part of a restructuring by the Warner Bros. Television Group to combine the operations of WBDTD with those of the Warner Bros. Domestic Cable Distribution unit, Werner added responsibility for the pay, cable, satellite and broadcast network sales activities previously handled by WBDCD. Werner now directs an expanded and consolidated Domestic Television Distribution operation charged with distributing all Warner Bros. Entertainment programming to all domestic television outlets and subscription video-on-demand platforms (such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu).
First-run series distributed by WBDTD under Werner’s leadership include Telepictures’ The Ellen DeGeneres Show, TMZ, TMZ Live, Extra, Judge Mathis, The People’s Court, The Real and Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen. Current off-network programs include The Big Bang Theory, The Middle, Friends, Mom, Two and a Half Men, Mike & Molly, 2 Broke Girls and Person of Interest.
Prior to joining WBDTD, Werner served as a key member of the Warner Bros. Entertainment team that formed The CW Network, and he led the initial rollout of its distribution.
Werner joined The WB Network (the predecessor to The CW) in September 1997 as its Executive Vice President, Distribution. He was a principal member of The WB’s management team and was responsible for The WB’s affiliate system. During his tenure, he guided the network’s transformation of its distribution system, increasing The WB’s U.S. coverage from 56 percent to 94 percent. He introduced numerous new and unique programs that assisted affiliates in maximizing the value of their association with The WB, and he provided the leadership necessary to successfully navigate the dynamic network/affiliate relationship.
Werner came to The WB with an extensive and diverse background in the entertainment industry. He previously served as Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and Business Development at CBS, Inc. Prior to CBS, Werner spent eight years with The Walt Disney Company, where he served as Senior Vice President of Walt Disney Television. At Disney, Werner was responsible for a broad range of television, ancillary market and companywide initiatives, including responsibility for all business planning and business and legal affairs for Buena Vista Television. Between 1983 and 1988, Werner held senior business affairs positions at both Columbia Pictures Television and Viacom Enterprises.
After graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and earning his Juris Doctor from New York Law School, Werner began his career on the business side of entertainment as an attorney and Assistant Executive Director of the Dramatists Guild of America, Inc., the professional association of persons writing for the theatre. He has spoken extensively at leading business schools, law schools, symposia and advertising forums throughout the country. He currently serves on the boards of TVB and the Cecil Murray Center for Community Engagement at USC. He is a former board member of NATPE and a former founding Board and Loan Committee member of L.A. FAME (First African Methodist Episcopal Church) Renaissance, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the economic empowerment of underserved communities.
Werner is married to Noreen Bagley. They have two daughters, Katie and Annie, and reside in Encino, California.