EXCLUSIVE: Jay Levin is stepping down as Chief Strategy Officer and EVP Business Operations of Warner Bros.. The beloved executive worked 13 years for the studio before his position was diminished following the studio’s merger with Discovery.
The highly respected studio veteran quickly rose through the ranks to join the corporate suite under Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara to become the top executive under Ann Sarnoff. Levine led strategy and operations for WarnerMedia Studios and Networks Group, which included WB Pictures Group, HBO and HBO Max Programming, WB Television Group, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, WB Animation, TBS, TNT, DC, Consumer Products, Global Brands & Experiences and other traditional and digital content businesses.
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Levine has worked closely with all major creative divisions, having partnered with Toby Emmerich at WB Pictures, Casey Bloys at HBO & HBO Max and Channing Dungey at WBTV in development, production, finance, business affairs , marketing and distribution.
Levine also oversaw the corporate development and strategy group which led all mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments and divestitures for the studios and networks group, including the 2021 sale of TMZ to Fox. He was responsible for overseeing new digital partnerships with key talent (including Lebron James, Maverick Carter and Ellen DeGeneres) and developing new storytelling formats and next-gen content businesses leveraging WB brands and ownership. intellectual (such as virtual reality and NFT). Additionally, Levine managed WB’s stake in The CW Network and served on its board of directors for the past four years.
For the past two years, Levine has assumed responsibility for the Worldwide Studio Operations Group which operates all production and post-production facilities, as well as company-owned and operated touring and retail experiences, in Burbank. and Leavesden in the UK. Under Levine, the group unveiled the immersive Harry Potter New York flagship retail experience, built the world’s largest virtual production facility at Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios and reopened the all-new Tour Center on the Burbank lot.
Before joining Warner Bros. TV Group in 2009, Levine worked at The Walt Disney Company in its corporate strategy and business development group and at ESPN. A graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Levine began his career with Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc.
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