BBC Studios Americas' President Ann Sarnoff has been chosen as the new CEO/chairman of Warner Bros. Sarnoff is scheduled to begin later this month, and will work out of Warner Bros.' Los Angeles offices.
"It is a privilege to join a studio with such a storied history," Sarnoff said. "Warner Bros. has been an industry leader for decades and is known for creating many of the most iconic film, television and gaming properties. I accept this position excited by the opportunity to work with the most accomplished executives and teams in media, and confident about carrying this incredible heritage forward with them."
As head of BBC Studios America, Sarnoff oversaw the company's L.A. productions as well as supported the release of BBC mothership shows Doctor Who, Top Gear, and BBC Earth. She was also the board chairman of the BritBox streaming service.
"I am delighted Ann is joining the WarnerMedia team and excited to work side by side with such a talented and accomplished individual," WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said. "She brings a consistent and proven track record of innovation, creativity and business results to lead an incredibly successful studio to its next chapter of growth. Ann has shown the ability to innovate and grow revenues and has embraced the evolution taking place in our industry. I am confident she will be a great cultural fit for WarnerMedia and that our employees will embrace her leadership, enthusiasm and passion for our business."
Sarnoff's hiring comes three months after WB's former CEO Kevin Tsujihara resigned. In the interim, Warner Bros. was managed by a triumverate consisting of Toby Emmerich (Warner Bros. Pictures Group Chairman), Peter Roth (Warner Bros. President/CCO), and Kim Williams (Warner Bros. CFO/EVP).
"I want to thank Toby, Peter and Kimfor stepping up during this transition and making sure Warner Bros. didn’t miss a beat," Stankey said. "Their commitment to delivering operationally and creatively is evident in our results over the last several months. It’s clear that Ann becomes part of a team that is second-to-none."