Jason Kilar, the founding chief executive officer of Hulu, has stepped up to be the new CEO of WarnerMedia as it prepares for the launch of the HBO Max streaming service. He will assume his role on May 1.
"Jason is a dynamic executive with the right skill set to lead WarnerMedia into the future,” says John Stankey, chief executive officer, WarnerMedia, who Kilar will be succeeding. “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. Our team, led by Bob Greenblatt, Ann Sarnoff, Gerhard Zeiler and Jeff Zucker, has done an amazing job establishing our brands as leaders in the hearts and minds of consumers. Adding Jason to the talented WarnerMedia family as we launch HBO Max in May gives us the right management team to strategically position our leading portfolio of brands, world-class talent and rich library of intellectual property for future growth."
Kilar will oversee a media portfolio including CNN, premium cable network HBO and film studio Warner Bros. His experience in the industry along with being founding CEO of Hulu includes a role at Amazon.
"In partnership with this world-class team, I'm so excited for the opportunity to lean into the future at WarnerMedia," Kilar said in a statement. "Stories well told have always mattered, and they matter even more in this challenging time for the world. It will be a privilege to invent, create and serve with so many talented people. May 1 can't get here soon enough."