Ann Sarnoff
Robert Voets/Warner Bros.
United States
2021

Ann
Sarnoff

In 2020, AT&T chief John Stankey chose Sarnoff to be the big content boss for all the company’s release platforms, from TV and streaming (HBO, HBO Max, TBS, TNT, Adult Swim) to movie theaters. She pleased fans by bringing the “Friends” reunion to HBO Max and releasing Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” on the platform, while promising to extend the DC Comics multiverse across movies, streaming, TV and games. She had a diverse career before coming to Warner­Media, working as CEO of the National Women’s Basketball Assn. and running the executive conference business for the Wall Street Journal, before segueing to showbiz with the BBC, where she served as COO of BBC Worldwide North America (2010-15) and head of BBC Worldwide Global Production Network (2016-18). In 2022, Sarnoff was one of several executives to leave WarnerMedia once it was spun off from AT&T and merged with Discovery.

Career

  • WarnerMedia
  • BBC Studios
  • Dow Jones

Education

  • Georgetown University (DC, USA)
  • Harvard Business School (USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Women's Impact
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Ann Sarnoff Out at WarnerMedia as Discovery Merger Nears Closing

Ann Sarnoff Out at WarnerMedia as Discovery Merger Nears Closing

WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group chairman and CEO Ann Sarnoff is leaving her post as the company prepares to complete its $43 billion merger with Discovery by week's end.Sarnoff was informed by leadership on Tuesday that her position would be eliminated, one insider said. The ground is shifting rapidly for executives and other divisions at the media giant as it nears the finish line of the merger deal that surprised Hollywood in May 2021. “I want to thank Ann for all...

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