Tuesday, February 10, 2009
By Erik Gruenwedel | Posted: 02 Feb 2009
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has promoted Jim Wuthrich to the newly created position of president, international home video and digital distribution, to be based in Burbank, Calif.
Wuthrich reports to Thomas Gewecke, president, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, and Ron Sanders, president, Warner Home Video.
The 10-year veteran will work closely with international territories to identify strategic opportunities for the Home Entertainment Group abroad while implementing the studio’s current growth priorities, which include releasing titles via video-on-demand (VOD) the same day as DVD.
Marc Gareton, EVP, International, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Yves Caillaud, SVP, international, Warner Home Video and Chris Dyde, SVP, International Licensee, will report to Wuthrich, with Caillaud overseeing Europe, Gareton overseeing Asia and the Pacific, and Dyde coordinating international licensees.
Last week, Philippe Cardon, president of WHV International, announced he was leaving the studio, ending a 23-year career.
The studio said the changes are part of ongoing efforts — since creation of the home entertainment group in 2005 — to streamline all facets of home entertainment under one corporate roof.
Wuthrich, who was SVP, digital distribution, is a strong proponent of digital distribution, including incorporating digital copy with the DVD or Blu-ray release. He has also been on the forefront of the company’s efforts to evaluate emerging technologies such as manufacturing-on-demand and SD card kiosk devices.
Wuthrich has been central to the development and growth of the home entertainment business, forming strong alliances with Apple, Amazon, Sony and Microsoft, and arranging deals with numerous vendors for the licensing of Warner Bros’ content for download.
“[Jim] is uniquely qualified for this position in that he has a deep understanding of and hands-on experience in both our packaged goods and digital businesses,” Sanders said.