John Stankey
Courtesy of AT&T
United States
2020

AT&T

John
Stankey

CEO

Stankey was upped from president and COO to CEO at AT&T in July 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, as part of a larger leadership reshuffling following the May launch of its streaming service HBO Max. He filled the vacant CEO role at WarnerMedia in May with Hulu’s founding CEO, Jason Kilar, which in turn led to the August departures of HBO Max chief Kevin Reilly and WarnerMedia entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. But Stankey’s primary challenge is still the same one he’d been facing for the past several years: how to integrate — or jettison — the media brands and content pipelines from its $85.4 billion Time Warner acquisition with the telco’s rapidly evolving tech infrastructure, including the growing 5G footprint it’s building on top of its wireless network. Unloading DirecTV may also be a top priority.

Career

  • WarnerMedia
  • AT&T

Education

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

Variety Honors

  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • Digital Entertainment Impact/Digital Execs
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AT&T Chief John Stankey Defends HBO Max Movie Release Strategy: 'We Knew We Needed to Try Something Different'

AT&T Chief John Stankey Defends HBO Max Movie Release Strategy: 'We Knew We Needed to Try Something Different'

AT&T CEO John Stankey asserted that the release of Warner Bros.'s full 2021 movie slate on HBO Max and in theaters at the same time will be a "win-win-win" — for WarnerMedia, consumers and partners.Stankey acknowledged the backlash AT&T and WarnerMedia have faced from theater owners and others, including vitriol from filmmaker Christopher Nolan. "I know there’s a lot of noise out in the market, people with different viewpoints," Stankey said, speaking Tuesday at the UBS Global TMT Virtual Conference....

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