As CNN's many journalists tried to delve into the ouster of Jeff Zucker, but ran up against one of their biggest professional hurdles: a source who refuses to talk.Some of WarnerMedia's best-known on-air personalities pressed the company's CEO Jason Kilar again and again on Monday, asking him to divulge more details around why Zucker resigned after acknowledging a personal relationship with Allison Gollust, CNN's chief marketing officer. But Kilar would not.The WarnerMedia chief faced questions from Don Lemon, Alisyn Camerota,...
Not much had been heard from Kilar since Vessel, the YouTube competitor he cofounded, was sold and dissolved into Verizon Communications in October 2016. Then in April 2020 he was hired as CEO of WarnerMedia, just as it was preparing to launch HBO Max, its new streaming service. It’s not Kilar’s first OTT rodeo, as he was named CEO of Hulu shortly after its 2007 launch, and over the next five years built it into a worthy Netflix competitor. Since coming aboard WarnerMedia, he’s rocked the boat with extensive executive shuffling and layoffs as recently as November as the company reorients itself to fit a more streaming-centric future (with CEO John Stankey openly praising Kilar’s strategic focus in October). Then, amid months of struggle for film exhibitors due to pandemic-related theater closures, he unveiled a plan in December to release every film from Warner Bros.’ 2021 theatrical slate simultaneously on HBO Max, free-of-charge to subscribers, a move that sent shockwaves across the industry.