Warner Bros. hires first female CEO in studio history

Warner Bros. has hired former BBC executive Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO, marking the first time in studio history that a woman is at the helm of the company.

Sarnoff will join John Stankey, CEO of WarnerMedia, as a top executive overseeing content as the company heads into a streaming-heavy future. She’s stepping in to replace Kevin Tsujihara, who left the company after a Hollywood Reporter story about using his influence to help Charlotte Kirk’s acting career after they began a sexual relationship. Sarnoff is the only woman among a sea of men at the WarnerMedia executive level, including Bob Greenblatt, Jeff Zucker, Kevin Reilly, and Casey Bloys.

“Ann has shown the ability to innovate and grow revenues and has embraced the evolution…

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