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Warner Bros. Discovery announces new regional leadership

Warner Bros. Discovery today announced its leadership for Japan and Australia & New Zealand (ANZ), reporting into James Gibbons, President & Managing Director, Japan & ANZ, Warner Bros. Discovery.

Relating to the ANZ region, Glen Kyne has been appointed Head of Networks, Japan and Australia & New Zealand. Based in Auckland, he will oversee all Networks activity for all three markets across Pay TV, free-to-air and BVOD. 

Michael Brooks continues as MD of Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia (WBITVP), where he will, just like WBITVP NZ, continue to report directly into the global WBITVP organisation. In addition, Brooks has been appointed as Head of Studios, Australia & New Zealand, where he will be responsible for content licensing, and optimising studio-related activities across both markets, for which he will report to Gibbons. Brooks is based in Sydney. 

Robi Stanton has been appointed Head of Franchise Development & Affiliate Relations, Australia & New Zealand, based in Sydney, and will manage affiliate partnerships and the optimisation of WBD franchises. 

Rurther afield, Masami Takahashi has been appointed Country Manager, Head of Studios, Japan, based in Tokyo. He will continue to oversee all theatrical activity, local production, content licensing, games and consumer products. 

“These appointments reflect the strength of leadership from both legacy companies, bringing an impressive track record and deep knowledge of our diversified Warner Bros. Discovery portfolio,” says Gibbons.

“Benefitting from a combination of market oversight and functional expertise, I look forward to working together with this team to optimise our businesses and build further scale across Japan and ANZ.”

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