Tony Goncalves
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Otter Media



A former DirecTV senior tech exec, Goncalves wears two hats at WarnerMedia, and in both roles he’s responsible for big-bet initiatives the conglomerate is banking on for future growth. The Otter Media CEO oversees the anticipated 2020 launch of HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, as well as the Otter Media group of fan-centric digital-media brands. HBO Max, which is locking original shows left and right, just greenlit four new entries from Ellen DeGeneres and committed about $600 million over five years for exclusive rights to “The Big Bang Theory” across HBO Max and TBS. Otter — originally formed as a joint venture with the Chernin Group — encompasses Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, VRV, Rooster Teeth, Gunpowder & Sky and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine.  


  • WarnerMedia
  • AT&T
  • Humax USA


  • Iona College (NY, USA)

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Otter CEO Tony Goncalves on AT&T's Bid to Build Billion-Dollar Digital Media Brands

Otter CEO Tony Goncalves on AT&T's Bid to Build Billion-Dollar Digital Media Brands

AT&T isn't the slow-moving dinosaur that people might imagine, said Tony Goncalves, CEO of Otter Media, the digital-media holding company that's now fully owned by the telco.The telco realized about five years ago it needed to move to invest in the content that was flowing across its pipes, a strategy dramatically realized with AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner, Goncalves said, speaking at Variety's Entertainment and Technology Summit in L.A.With Otter Media, AT&T is looking to "build brands that stand the test of...


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