Jennifer Aniston says Friends reunion will be 'even more exciting and fun'

Brenda Watkins
August 10, 2020

Kilar framed the restructuring as essential to focusing the company on HBO Max and taking advantage of the opportunity in streaming.

Greenblatt served as chairman of WarnerMedia entertainment, while Reilly was the chief content officer for the company' HBO Max streaming service, which launched in late May. Forssel and his team will be responsible for the product, marketing, consumer engagement and global rollout of HBO Max.

Revenue from WarnerMedia segment, which includes HBO, fell 22.7% to $6.8 billion in the second quarter, with the pandemic having a $1.5 billion impact on sales. I also owe a tremendous amount of gratitude and thanks to Keith, for not only helping me navigate these last few months at the company-and with the media-but more importantly for his 19 years at the company through its evolution.

Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter and a key leader of HBO Max, will lead the new commercial unit that combines the US advertising sales and distribution groups with home entertainment and content licensing. I have never met a kinder, more collaborative executive in my career. He at that point came to be NBCUniversal's leader for several years, just before conforming to WarnerMedia as leader in March2019 He was actually entrusted along with managing the launch of HBO Max. The heads of the old company's three divisions, HBO, Warner Bros. and Turner Networks, all left within a year of the merger closing. Pascal Desroches (CFO), Rich Tom (CTO), Jim Cummings (chief human resources officer), Priya Dogra (executive VP of strategy and corporate development) and Jim Meza (executive VP, general counsel) continue to report to Kilar.

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Throughout the ten seasons of Friends, we've all seen that even the best-laid plans can often go awry.

As part of the changes, the company will be firing staff, though Kilar didn't specify the scope of the reductions. "These are talented, admired leaders and beloved colleagues".

Parent AT&T Inc hired Kilar to take charge at WarnerMedia as it battles with Netflix and Walt Disney's Disney+ for streaming video customers. And none of us should expect the above changes to be easy. You know what? This has also given us more time to make it even more exciting and more fun than it would have been", Aniston shared with Deadline and added, "So I choose to see it as the glass is half-full that it got postponed. Kilar described in the letter that in purchase for WarnerMedia to succeed in a swiftly shifting sector - just one that is shifting to a streaming-focused audience - it is "vital that we improve how we are organized, that we simplify, and that we act boldly and with urgency", he wrote. "It is an honor to be on this team with each of you".

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