Jeff Junge Upped at Warner30 Jul, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group July 30 promoted veteran Jeff Junge to SVP of business management, it was announced by group president Kevin Tsujihara.
Junge will continue to oversee mergers and acquisitions for the group and unify strategic initiatives across all of the studio’s home entertainment divisions, including Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Warner Premiere, Advanced Digital Services, Anti-Piracy and Technology Operations.
The executive, who joined Warner in 2000, previously served as VP of business management for the group, overseeing integration of multiple strategic initiatives across Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and other home entertainment divisions.
Recent accomplishments included the acquisition of Midway Games’ development studios and intellectual property catalog. As a result of the Midway acquisition, which includes the “Mortal Kombat” and “SpyHunter” franchises, Warner now has access to a greatly expanded catalog of intellectual properties that can be developed and re-released on new games and digital platforms, adapted for film or TV, leveraged for consumer products or licensed to third parties.
Junge also helped facilitate the studio’s recent investment in the video-game-on-demand service OnLive, which plans to launch this fall. Prior to that, he guided the Warner’s acquisition of TT Games, the independent video game developer and publisher responsible for the hugely successful Lego-based games.
The popular Lego: Indiana Jones video game was a key revenue driver in fiscal 2008.
“[Jeff] is a strategic thinker, has exceptional insight into the deal making process and is a tireless worker,” Tsujihara said. “[His] expertise will be critical as we continue to expand our business and explore new opportunities.”