John Stankey
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When AT&T completed its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner in June, Stankey shifted from CEO of the telco’s entertainment group to the top spot in its new acquisition, renamed WarnerMedia. He made his mark by vowing to ramp up spending at HBO with investments in high-profile content designed to attract and retain more subscribers. In August, AT&T bought out The Chernin Group’s interest in digital-content company Otter Media — home to Fullscreen, Crunchyroll and Rooster Teeth —and put it under the Warner-Media umbrella, alongside Warner Bros. and Turner. The following month, in the throes of #MeToo and Time’s Up, the division was lauded for its companywide diversity and inclusion policy for anyone hired, both in front of and behind the camera.


  • WarnerMedia
  • AT&T Business Solutions
  • AT&T Operations


  • University of California–Los Angeles (CA, USA)
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA, USA)

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  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
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Warner Bros. Town Hall: John Stankey Fields Bugs Bunny Question, Promises Better Cell Coverage

Warner Bros. Town Hall: John Stankey Fields Bugs Bunny Question, Promises Better Cell Coverage

John Stankey, the man tasked with integrating WarnerMedia into the AT&T family, tried to sell employees at the company's film and television studio on the virtues of being part of a global telecommunications giant. He promised to enhance cellular service on Warner Bros.'s studio lot during an hour-long presentation to staffers on Wednesday, receiving sustained applause from a group of Valley-toilers who have long been frustrated by dropped calls and dodgy signals.The meeting is one of a series of sit-downs...


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