President, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Ron Sanders serves as President, Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. In this role, he oversees global theatrical distribution and the Studio’s home entertainment distribution operation—the world’s largest. Having both film and home entertainment distribution under Sanders’ purview allows for strategic management of film titles through their entire lifecycle, nimble response to consumer demand, and increased benefits to our filmmaking, exhibition and retail partners. He was named to this post in January 2018.
In his theatrical distribution role, Sanders oversees the dating and release plans of all Warner Bros. Pictures Group (WBP, New Line Cinema) film releases for the global marketplace, working with the teams responsible for all matters relating to global film distribution and release functions. Additionally, Sanders manages local film production for the Studio, overseeing the 50+ local-language films produced around the world each year by Warner Bros.
On the Home Entertainment side, Sanders has served as President, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment since 2013. Under his leadership, the Studio has consistently held the top market share in Hollywood in home entertainment, including the distribution of product involving such iconic franchises as Batman, Superman, The Hobbit, Harry Potter and LEGO. With consumers increasingly embracing new technologies enabling the delivery of entertainment across myriad fixed and mobile platforms, Sanders has built WBHE into the industry’s largest digital distributor of films and TV shows through video on demand and electronic sell through.
WBHE handles the global distribution of home entertainment products from Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Warner Bros. Television Group, and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Sanders is also responsible for the studio’s videogame publishing business. As one of the industry’s top five largest game publishers, Warner Bros. has released such hits as Batman: Arkham, Mortal Kombat, Shadow of Mordor and the hugely popular LEGO games.
In recognition of his leadership, Sanders served as Chairman of DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group (2008 – 2016), a coalition involving Hollywood’s film studios as well as many of the world’s largest technology, electronics, and digital delivery companies.
Sanders joined Warner Bros. in 1991 after serving in various capacities with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. An inductee into Variety’s Home Entertainment Hall of Fame, Sanders earned a BS in Business Administration from Auburn University in Alabama. He is an Emeritus Member of the Auburn University School of Business Advisory Council, an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and serves on Northwestern University's Parent Leadership Council and School of Communication National Advisory Council. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.