×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Tony Goncalves Hired as CEO of Chernin Group/AT&T’s Otter Media

Tony Goncalves, previously head of AT&T’s digital brands group and a former DirecTV exec, is joining Otter Media as CEO of the company, the digital-media joint venture of the Chernin Group and AT&T.

Goncalves most recently served as CEO of digital brands for AT&T where he oversaw the Otter Media relationship with the Chernin Group and led the strategy for the company’s launch of the DirecTV Now internet TV service.

Otter Media’s portfolio includes Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Ellation, Rooster Teeth, VRV, Gunpowder & Sky, and Hello Sunshine, formed in partnership with Reese Witherspoon. Currently, Otter Media properties attract more than 90 million unique viewers per month, and totaled almost 100 billion video views in 2017.

Goncalves had been in talks with Chernin Group over the last six months to take on the CEO role at Otter Media, according to Peter Chernin, CEO of Chernin Group.

Otter Media had been led by president Sara Harden, who was named CEO of Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine last month.

“Tony has been our partner on Otter Media for almost four years, and during that time, it was evident that he is a thoughtful, strategic executive who is hugely passionate about furthering the growth of one of the premiere digital media companies,” Chernin, who also is chairman of Otter Media, said in announcing Goncalves’ appointment.

Goncalves had held a number of roles at DirecTV, prior to AT&T closing its deal for the operator in 2015. While at the satellite TV operator, he founded and led the company’s digital-products division where he spearheaded the shift to mobile video and innovation outside the traditional content distribution space, including the launch of the NFL Sunday Ticket over-the-top product. Before joining DirecTV in 2007, he worked for Humax USA, Samsung America and Sharp Electronics.

Chernin Group is the majority owner of Otter Media, formed in partnership with AT&T in 2014.

More Digital

  • Google Stream Detailed, Named Stadia

    Google Stream Detailed, Named Stadia

    Stadia is Google’s big push into game development and publishing, the company announced Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference. “Our next big effort is to build a game platform for everyone,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. “When we say everyone we really mean it.” He said the company wants to “change the game” by bringing [...]

  • Amazon Focused on Building the Game

    Amazon Focused on Building the Game Industry's Digital Infrastructure

    While most of the discussion around Amazon’s presence in the game industry revolves around their scattershot game projects and rumored cloud gaming platform, the tech giant has been far more involved in building the backend infrastructure for major games. Companies like Square Enix and Zynga both use Amazon Games Tech, Amazon’s portfolio of services that [...]

  • patreon logo

    Patreon Launches Tiered Pricing for Creators, Introduces Rates for Micropayments

    Membership services platform Patreon is growing up: The company announced Tuesday that it is moving away from its one-size-fits-all pricing model for creators, introducing two new tiers in the process. In addition, Patreon is also standardizing its payment processing fees, and introducing a new dedicated rate for small-donor transactions. Patreon’s cut of the membership fees [...]

  • Watch Google's Game Stream Tech Unveiling

    Watch Google's Game Stream Tech Unveiling Live Here

    Google has been teasing its big gaming announcement for weeks, and the time has finally come to see what all of its buzz building is about. The company is set to kick-off its Game Developers Conference keynote at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday for a roughly hour-long event that will be livestreamed. While Google hasn’t spelled [...]

  • HP Introduces $599 Reverb VR Headset

    HP Releases High-Resolution Reverb VR Headset

    HP is giving VR headsets another shot: After first releasing a fairly unremarkable PC-based headset among a wave of similar Windows Mixed Reality devices in 2017, the company is now back with a device that aims to trump competitors like HTC’s Vive Pro with a higher display resolution. HP’s new Reverb VR headset offers 2160 [...]

  • Songtrust’s Joe Conyers III Slams Streaming

    Songtrust’s New Chief Strategy Officer, Joe Conyers III, Slams Streaming Services’ CRB Appeal

    Songtrust, the digital rights-management platform cofounded by Downtown Music Publishing’s Justin Kalifowitz, today announced that Joe Conyers III has been elevated to Chief Strategy Officer. According to the announcement, as co-founder and GM of Songtrust for the past eight years, Conyers has led the company from prototype to servicing over 20,000 publishers to collect their [...]

  • Gravitas Ventures Launches Streaming Service Gravitas

    Gravitas Ventures Launches Streaming Service Gravitas Movies (EXCLUSIVE)

    Indie film specialist Gravitas Ventures has launched the streaming service Gravitas Movies with a $4.99 monthly price, Variety has learned exclusively. The 13-year-old distributor unveiled the SVOD service in the U.S. on Tuesday, touting Gravitas Movies as the new streaming service for lovers of independent film, offering a 1,000-title catalog of commercial-free films with new [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content