CTO Darcy Antonellis Leaving Warner Bros.9 Dec, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Veteran technology executive joins video services firm Vubiquity as CEO
Darcy Antonellis, president, technical operations and CTO at Warner Bros. Entertainment, is leaving the studio to become CEO of Vubiquity, a multiplatform video services company, effective Jan. 2, 2014.
Antonellis replaces Ramu Potarazu, who stepped down as CEO in March and currently serves as vice chairman of Vubiquity’s board of directors.
“Darcy brings a proven record of identifying opportunities and driving growth by leveraging the disruptive nature of technology,” said Phil Herget, chairman of Vubiquity’s board and partner at Columbia Capital. “As a visionary leader with deep understanding of the media industry, she is a great choice to lead Vubiquity into its next stage of growth, to meet the needs of our customers, employees and investors.”
Since 2008, Antonellis has directed Warner Bros.’ technology strategy with advancements in new production techniques and formats, including 3D and Ultra-HD, as well as the incorporation of social-based experiences into aspects of content distribution. Antonellis also oversaw the company’s worldwide antipiracy operations and worked closely with Time Warner’s Global Public Policy group in Washington, D.C., to help protect the company’s technology and intellectual property.
She is also the recipient of three Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – two of which were for technical production of the 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympic Games.
“With a greater number of content and service providers looking for leadership as multiplatform viewing becomes the norm, we have an opportunity to bring increased value to our customer base as we extend our market position,” said Antonellis. “I look forward to working with the Vubiquity team to capitalize on these market forces and consumer trends. All of our efforts will continue to be explicitly focused in support of our client’s strategic goals, which ultimately drive consumer media and entertainment consumption.”
Antonellis featured prominently in Home Media Magazine’ s Women in Home Entertainment 2013 supplement.