CFO of Home Entertainment Group oversaw parks, stores

Dave Hettler, who was the chief financial officer of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, died Saturday in Los Angeles of brain cancer. He was 49.

At Warner Bros. Hettler oversaw financial activities of the studio’s international theaters, international theme parks, retail store and consumer products businesses. Hettler also served as a member of the management team overseeing the implementation of Warner Bros.’ billing and purchasing system worldwide.

Born in Berea, Ohio, he went to school at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, Calif., where was a star basketball player.

After a stint at Ernst & Young, Hettler joined Warner Bros. in 1993 and helped steer the studio’s homevid department through the recent downturn in the DVD biz.

Survivors include his wife and two children.

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater, 5230 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Hettler’s memory either to UCLA’s Neuro-Oncology Program, Art of the Brain (https://giving.ucla.edu/aob) or to the David Hettler Memorial Scholarship Fund at Claremont McKenna College (https://online.cmc.edu/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?&pid=184&srcid=227). In the “comments” section, please designate the David Hettler Memorial Scholarship.

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