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TBS Taps Kent As New CEO

18 Feb, 2003 By: Hive News

Turner Broadcasting System veteran senior executive Philip I. Kent, who once headed up Turner Home Entertainment and most recently served as president of the CNN News Group, has rejoined Turner as its chairman and CEO, AOLTime Warner announced today.

Kent will report to Jeffrey Bewkes, Chairman of AOL Time Warner's Entertainment & Networks Group.

Kent will lead the CNN News Group; Turner's entertainment networks, including TNT, TBS Superstation, Cartoon Network, Turner Classic Movies, Turner South and Boomerang; and Turner Sports, as well as the Turner Sports properties, which include the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers and Philips Arena. He will formally take over as Turner's chairman and CEO March 10.

"It's really gratifying to have the opportunity to return to this great company in which I grew up as an executive,” Kent said. “I look forward to building on Ted Turner's legacy and collaborating with the talented team at Turner to evolve our own vision for the future of TBS."

Jamie Kellner, who has led Turner for the past two years in Atlanta, will return to California and continue as Chairman and CEO of The WB Network through the end of his employment agreement in summer 2004. In addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of The WB, he will continue as chairman and CEO of ACME Communications, The WB's third-largest station group. ACME Communications is not a part of AOL Time Warner.

From 1993 to 1996, Kent was president of Turner Home Entertainment, the former Turner division comprising the company's home video, new media, licensing and merchandising, feature distribution and book publishing operations. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Lehigh University.

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