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WarnerMedia has taken big steps to adapt its storied Hollywood studios and businesses for the streaming age since being acquired by telecom AT&T in 2018.

Those steps include industry-shaking moves like streaming Warner Bros. films on HBO Max the day they hit theaters, and internal changes like uniting its once siloed TV, film, and streaming businesses.

The shake-up also means some key WarnerMedia leaders who are experienced in navigating tremendous changes have exited the company and are now free agents.

Insider identified six respected former WarnerMedia executives on the job market who have all have helped the company through transformational moments. The list is based on our reporting and nominations we received. It includes former WarnerMedia veterans and rising stars.

Read more: WarnerMedia has lost at least 35 top execs since Jason Kilar became CEO and began a massive reorg focused on streaming. Here are all the leaders who have exited.

The leaders are listed below, in alphabetical order.

WarnerMedia isn’t the only legacy-media company rethinking its businesses. Disney, Comcast, and others have also made big changes to leadership structures. 

Read about other respected media leaders on the market: 24 media leaders who are on the job market: The TV, film, and streaming free-agent execs who could make big moves in 2021

David Levy

David Levy ran Turner Broadcasting’s sports and entertainment networks as president until shortly after the company was acquired by AT&T through its acquisition of Time Warner.

Levy was president of Turner Sports for a decade before taking on the bigger job in 2013.

During his tenure at Turner, Levy led deals like Turner Sports’ acquisition of Bleacher Report, which became the company’s first digital sports destination. He spearheaded a pact with CBS that brought the March Madness finals to cable TV. And the company launched new niche streaming services that leveraged the classic catalogs Turner owned, such as Boomerang for traditional animation and FilmStruck, which was popular among cinephiles for streaming the Criterion Collection before it was shuttered in 2018. He left Turner in March 2019, after 33 years at the company. 

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Since then, Levy has advised firms including The Raine Group, an investment bank in the media, tech, and telecom sectors, and founded Back Nine Venture, which invests in early-stage startups.

Chris Linn

Chris Linn put WarnerMedia’s reality network truTV on the map as president of the cable network.

Under his leadership, the reality-focused network that used be Court TV found its lane with hit franchises like “Impractical Jokers,” which helped it reach a younger and more affluent audiences. Linn left truTV in May 2019, after its operations were merged with Turner’s other entertainment networks TBS and TNT.

He joined truTV from Viacom, where he oversaw programming and production for eight years, and developed reality shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Catfish.” He also worked at Spike TV and Nickelodeon. 

John Martin

Former Turner chief and chairman John Martin ran the cable-network group for four years, as the traditional TV landscape was being upended. His tenure at Turner ended after parent Time Warner was acquired by AT&T in 2018.

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Source:: Business Insider


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