Summit Taps Ex-Warner Execs Nickerson and Gerber18 Sep, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold
Steve Nickerson has landed. Less than a month after leaving Warner Home Video, the studio's former point man in the nascent high-definition disc market has been named president of upstart Summit Entertainment's home entertainment division.
Fellow Warner SVP Bobby Gerber also has joined Summit, as EVP and general sales manager.
The two will develop and operate the company's newly launched home entertainment division, which will focus on traditional DVD distribution as well as emerging market opportunities.
“Bringing executives of Steve and Bobby's caliber to Summit is a strong indicator of the quality of the domestic distribution organization we are creating here at Summit,” said Bob Hayward, Summit Entertainment's COO. He called the pair “top-tier industry professionals” who will help establish Summit “as a premier supplier in the home entertainment market.”
Nickerson and his team will work closely with Alex Fragen, president of domestic television distribution, to formulate the studio's new media distribution strategies. Nickerson also will work closely with Universal Studios Home Entertainment, with which Summit in June announced a physical distribution pact. Under that arrangement, Summit will handle all sales, marketing, retailer relationships, release dating and replication for its home entertainment product.
A seven-year veteran of Warner, Nickerson most recently held the role of SVP, worldwide high-definition media. He developed and managed the company's strategies for both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD in the U.S. and international markets. He also was responsible for overseeing traditional sales and marketing functions, globally.
Prior to joining Warner, Nickerson spent 16 years in the consumer electronics industry, mostly at Toshiba, where he played an integral role in the launch of DVD.
Gerber has been SVP of field sales at Warner since 2005. He joined the division in 1997 and before that, like Nickerson, worked at Toshiba.