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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Digital Drivers 2015

RON SANDERS, president, worldwide home entertainment distribution
Sanders oversees all global distribution operations of home entertainment products, including packaged media, interactive entertainment, and digital transactions such as Digital HD, UltraViolet and VOD. Sanders has been instrumental in forging home entertainment relationships with retailers and other outlets to support UltraViolet, as well as with theater operators, including Regal Entertainment Group’s Super Ticket promotion with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The promotion included early digital access to the movie and to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 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, EVP, strategy and business development
Gewecke oversees the company’s various digital distribution strategies across all platforms, including direct-to-consumer, business development, technical operations and Flixster.com and Rotten Tomatoes. Earlier this year, Gewecke was instrumental in Warner partnering with SingTel, a Singapore-based telecommunications company, to co-launch with Sony Pictures Television an OTT video service offering more than 10,000 movies and TV shows throughout the Asian market. In February, he headlined the Digital Entertainment World summit in Los Angeles to discuss the digital landscape of the global entertainment busi-ness and opportunities to monetize content. In December 2014, he was inducted into Variety’s Home Entertainment and Digital Hall of Fame.

JIM WUTHRICH, president of the Americas
Wuthrich manages the physical and digital distribution of home entertainment properties, including games. He has been directing efforts to expand digital ownership, including Digital HD Ultraviolet, virtual reality, and Ultra HD Blu-ray, among other initiatives. Wuthrich recently worked with Dolby Laboratories for Warner’s first slate of 4K titles, including Edge of Tomorrow, Into the Storm and The Lego Movie, scheduled for release this year.

CLARISSA WEIRICK, EVP, general counsel
Weirick oversees all legal aspects for the 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 EST for all digital platforms.

JUSTIN HERZ, SVP, direct-to-consumer
Herz oversees emerging technology, new platforms, and direct-to-consumer businesses. Herz manages R&D and standard setting for new formats and ownership initiatives in support of digital distribution and OTT strategies. Properties include Flixster.com, Rotten Tomatoes and Warner Archive Instant — the OTT subscription service featuring rare movies and TV shows from Warner, MGM, Hanna-Barbera, RKO, Lorimar and Monogram.

CRAIG HUNEGS, president, business and strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group
Hunegs’ inclusion in Digital Drivers underscores the role television production plays in the emerging OTT video space. He is responsible for creating traditional television and digital growth for Warner — the largest producer and distributor of television series in the United States, in addition to producing local content in countries around the world. Hunegs manages international and domestic production for basic and premium cable networks and SVOD services, Warner Bros. Animation’s kids business, and the evolution of linear and on-demand TV distribution windows. He also focuses on digital initiatives in short-form programming production, interactive games, OTT distribution and Warner’s investment in Machinima, targeting fandom and gamer audiences and creators. If that’s not enough on his plate, Hunegs sits on the board of The CW network, and plays a key role setting its linear and digital distribution strategies. He reports to Warner chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara.

JACQUELINE HAYES, SVP and deputy counsel, legal and business affairs
Hayes serves as lead counsel for Warner’s digital initiatives, including UltraViolet, VOD/EST, and new digital business models. 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 in 2006, was later promoted to SVP of business and legal affairs, and was named deputy general counsel in 2011 when the video, digital and games teams merged together under Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

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