Saksa Retires from Warner Home Video7 Apr, 2014
Longtime Warner Home Video veteran Mike Saksa is retiring, sources have confirmed to Home Media Magazine, opting to not renew his contract.
Saksa was EVP and GM, responsible for new Warner Bros. films released to the domestic home entertainment market on Blu-ray Disc, DVD, video-on-demand and digital download, with P&L responsibility for more than $1 billion in annual sales.
He was one of three leaders of Warner’s product pipeline promoted to the EVP and GM level in 2008. The others are Jeffrey Baker, EVP and GM of theatrical catalog, and Jeff Brown, EVP and GM of non-theatrical franchise (much of it TV).
Previously, Saksa served as VP of U.S. Marketing, overseeing all creative services and consumer promotions, as well as all product lines.
Saksa joined Warner Home Video in 1995 as marketing manager and was promoted to VP of marketing in 1998.
He began his career in January 1980 as Tylenol account executive for McNeil Consumer Products/Johnson & Johnson. He functioned as a sales representative selling Tylenol to grocery stores, drugstores and wholesalers in the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest territories.
Saksa later spent two years in marketing at the Pillsbury Co. and in January 1986 began a nearly five-year run at RJR Nabisco.
From 1992 to 1993, according to his LinkedIn profile, he was a creative executive at Rastar Productions at Columbia Pictures, providing script coverage and development for legendary producer Ray Stark.