Levine will continue to oversee operations at WB Television Group and The CW.
WarnerMedia has promoted veteran executive Jay Levine to oversee strategy and business operations for the conglomerate’s studios and networks group. Thomas Gewecke, meanwhile, is stepping down as chief digital officer.
Levine has been upped to the newly created post of chief strategy officer and executive vp business operations at WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group. He’ll continue to report to chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff.
“Jay is insightful and future-focused, and I look forward to continue working with him to successfully deliver on the ambitious strategic and operational goals we’ve set for the Studios and Networks Group,” said Sarnoff.
In the new position. Levine will work with Sarnoff to develop, modify and execute the operational structure and long-term plans as part of the broader restructuring of WarnerMedia. He’ll also retain his current oversight of strategic and operational responsibilities of the WB Television Group and management of the company’s interest in the CW Network, where he and Sarnoff are on the board.
Gewecke will step down at the end of September from his post of chief digital officer and executive vp strategy and business development. He spent more than a decade at Warners, rising to oversee digital distribution and business strategy for the studio. The Harvard alum began his career at PC World Communications and also spent eight years in digital at Sony BMG Music Entertainment.
“Warner Bros. is an extraordinary place, with an unmatched legacy of iconic storytelling, and my time here has been the highlight of my career,” said Gewecke. “I’m so thankful to the amazing teams I’ve had the privilege to work with who have made these past 12 years so rewarding and memorable. I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family here in Portland, Oregon, and exploring some new vistas.”
Added Sarnoff, “I want to thank Thomas for his many contributions to the company and his personal support and partnership over the past year. We will miss his collegiality, his positive spirit and his passionate support for new product and business ideas.”