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Hulu Co-founder and former CEO Jason Kilar has been named as the new chief executive of WarnerMedia, ending long standing speculation over who would fill the role.
Kilar, will replace John Stankey, who was promoted to president and COO at WarnerMedia’s parent company AT&T in September. Kilar will be reporting to him starting May 1, right before the launch of WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max.
Kilar co-founded Hulu in 2007, and went on to become CEO, leaving the role in 2013. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of video service Vessel, which launched in 2013 and was acquired and shut down by Verizon about three years later. He is a Pittsburgh native and alumnus of Harvard Business School and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In his new role, Kilar will oversee all WarnerMedia units including CNN, Warner Bros. and HBO.
“Jason is a dynamic executive with the right skill set to lead WarnerMedia into the future. His experience in media and entertainment, direct-to-consumer video streaming and advertising is the perfect fit for WarnerMedia, and I am excited to have him lead the next chapter of WarnerMedia’s storied success,” Stankey said in the announcement today.
WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max, launching next month, is the media giant's attempt at taking on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. It will include HBO itself, along with a broader library of Warner Bros. films and original content aimed at younger viewers, and more.