Ann Sarnoff will replace Kevin Tsujihara as the new CEO of Warner Bros. She will be the first female CEO in the studio's history.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Media CEO John Stankey announced his pick after a three month search. Sarnoff has been tapped for the position as Tsujihara departs amid a public scandal. During his reported sexual affair with actor Charlotte Kirk, Tsujihara allegedly asserted his power and influence to further her acting career.
“It is a privilege to join a studio with such a storied history. Warner Bros. has been an industry leader for decades and is known for creating many of the most iconic film, television and gaming properties,” Sarnoff said in a statement. “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.”
"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.” Stankey added. "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.”
The former BBC executive will take over during AT&T 's ownership and will soon work with the telecom giant's top brass. As the latest CEO for Warner Bros., Sarnoff will start her new job in Los Angeles later during Summer 2019.