Variety has revealed that Warner Bros. has hired Ann Sarnoff to replace former studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara after he left over a scandal. Ann was previously the president of BBC Studios America and will be the first woman to head WB during its hundred-year run.

Warner Bros. has tapped BBC Studios Americas president Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO, a surprise pick that is sure to shakeup the venerable studio.

Sarnoff becomes the first woman to head Warner Bros. in its nearly 100-year history. She was under the radar during WarnerMedia’s search for a successor to lead the studio following the forced resignation of chairman-CEO Kevin Tsujihara in March.

Ann will begin work this summer and will report to WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey.

Here is what Stankey had to say about Ann joining the studio.

STANKEY: “I am delighted Ann is joining the WarnerMedia team and excited to work side by side with such a talented and accomplished individual. 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.”

Here is what Ann Sarnoff had to say.

SARNOFF: “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.”

“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.”

The studio has been without a CEO since March.

It’ll be interesting to see what Ann will do with future projects at the studio including the many DC Comics movies that are in development stages.


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