Ron Sanders, president, Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution
Previously the president of Warner Home Video, Sanders was named president of Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution a year ago, giving him expanded oversight of the studio’s global digital transactional business, as well as global distribution activities of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Sanders oversees all global distribution operations of home entertainment products from Warner Home Video and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, as well as the studio’s worldwide digital transactional business, including transactional VOD and EST.
He’s overseen Warner Home Video’s global business since 2005, tackling everything from administration to sales to marketing to supply chain management.
First joining Warner Home Video in 1991 as VP of rental sales and VP of sellthrough sales, Sanders was promoted to managing director of the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1999, and promoted again in 2000 to SVP and managing director of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2002 he became EVP and GM of North America and was named worldwide president in 2005.
Thomas Gewecke, chief digital officer, and EVP, strategy and business development, Warner Bros. Entertainment
Anticipating the future of digital delivery, in May 2013 Warner Bros. made Gewecke its chief digital officer, upping him from president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution. The move charges Gewecke with expanding the studio’s worldwide digital growth and managing its global business strategy.
He oversees the company’s various digital distribution strategies across every digital exhibition platform, and also holds responsibility for the studio’s corporate strategy, direct-to-consumer, business development, technical operations and Flixster groups.
In his previous position as president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, Gewecke worked with more than 100 digital retailers to help expand the studio’s worldwide digital content footprint, and he’s credited with making Warner’s content available on demand day-and-date with disc; available on Facebook; and as international “App Editions” for the iOS platform. Gewecke was also instrumental in Warner’s acquisition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes.
Prior to joining Warner, Gewecke was EVP of Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s global digital business.
Craig Hunegs, president, business and strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group
Hunegs is responsible for setting strategy, creating growth and managing costs for Warner Bros.’ TV businesses.
His current focus is the expansion and management of international local production, the growth of production for U.S. cable networks and digital program services, the evolution of distribution windows and strategy in the United States, and the growth of Warner Bros.’ Alloy Entertainment.
In his previous roles with Warner, Hunegs helped drive key TV group initiatives, including broad licensing partnerships with Netflix and Hulu, the formation of new linear and VOD distribution windows, the expansion into online and wireless entertainment, the acquisitions of Alloy Entertainment and Shed Media, and the creation of The CW Network.
Jim Wuthrich, president of the Americas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Wuthrich is charged with overseeing all studio distribution of packaged media, digital and video games.
First joining Warner Home Video in 1998 as director of marketing, Wuthrich was promoted to VP of marketing for theatrical new releases in 2003. He’s also served as SVP of electronic sellthrough and interactive marketing and as SVP of digital distribution, before being promoted to president of international in 2009.
As president of international, Wuthrich successfully implemented WBHE’s international growth priorities, identifying strategic opportunities for the studio’s home video, digital distribution and games businesses abroad. He’s played a key leadership role in Warner Bros.’ digital effort since the studio first began integrating its digital and packaged-goods businesses with the successful launch of Digital Copy. Wuthrich is also credited with helping launch the studio’s manufacturing-on-demand service, the Warner Archive Collection.
Clarissa Weirick, EVP and general counsel, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Weirick oversees all legal issues for the home video, Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment departments. She served as SVP and general counsel of Warner’s digital distribution group from 2006 to 2011, handling the licensing of film, TV and original short-form product for VOD and electronic sellthrough for all digital platforms. From 2002 to 2006 she was SVP of business and legal affairs in Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s corporate business development and strategy group, handling acquisitions, investments, joint ventures and strategic partnerships related to new business models.
Justin Herz, SVP, direct-to-consumer, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Herz is charged with managing Warner Bros.’ direct-to-consumer business, which includes Flixster, the studio’s multiplatform consumer source for theatrical show times, DVD info and UltraViolet video; Rotten Tomatoes; the studio’s e-commerce businesses; customer relationship management; as well as developing new strategies that enhance consumer engagement with Warner Bros. content and entertainment discovery.
Jacqueline Jourdain Hayes, SVP and deputy general counsel, legal and business affairs, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
Hayes provides legal counsel for the studio regarding the distribution, acquisition and copy protection of the studio’s content, for both physical and digital distribution.
She’s been lead counsel for many of Warner’s major digital advances, including the formation of Movielink, the launch of UltraViolet, early Internet VOD and EST licenses, VOD windowing, and subscription VOD licensing. She’s on the forefront on negotiations over content acquisition and the licensing of Warner content on disc, digital and VOD for cable, satellite and broadband outlets.
First joining Warner Home Video in 1998 as counsel, Hayes was promoted to VP of business and legal affairs in 2000. She joined the newly formed Warner Bros. Digital Distribution division in 2006 and was later promoted to SVP of the business and legal affairs division