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Amid Exits at HBO, Global Distribution Head Bernadette Aulestia Resigns

HBO’s head of global distribution Bernadette Aulestia is resigning after 22 years, the premium cabler has confirmed to Variety, though she will remain at the company long enough to help her team through the transition to new leadership under WarnerMedia’s newly appointed chief revenue officer Gerhard Zeiler.

Aulestia’s exit follows several others as parent entity AT&T reorganizes WarnerMedia, which is made up of Turner, HBO and Warner Bros. Zeiler was previously head of Turner International.

HBO CEO Richard Plepler announced in late February that he would be leaving the company after nearly 28 years. News of Turner head David Levy’s departure also arrived the same day. HBO Film’s miniseries and Cinemax programming president Kary Antholis accepted a buyout offer earlier this month after more than 25 years at the company.

CNBC first reported the news of Aulestia’s resignation, citing an internal memo that it obtained.

Former NBC exec Bob Greenblatt was recently tapped to head WarnerMedia and spearhead its upcoming streaming service. In a previous interview, Greenblatt called HBO “one of the greatest brands on the planet” and said the premium cable channel is “central” to WarnerMedia’s streaming platform.

Separately on Monday, Variety learned that WarnerMedia is installing an interim leadership team following the ouster of Kevin Tsujihara, following allegations of sexual impropriety. Sources say Warner Bros. motion pictures group chairman Toby Emmerich and Warner Bros. television group president and CCO Peter Roth are likely to be named to the team, alongside at least one other exec. An announcement is expected Tuesday.

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