WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming service has found its leader.
AT&T veteran Brad Bentley has been named general manager and executive vp for direct-to-consumer development at WarnerMedia, CEO John Stankey announced in a memo to employees on Monday morning. Bentley will report to Stankey and work to coordinate the late 2019 projected launch of the service, which is expected to offer a combination of HBO, Turner and Warner Bros. programming.
Stankey also announced that Turner chief technology officer Jeremy Legg will assume responsibility for HBO's technology operations, a move that he wrote would allow WarnerMedia "to execute decisively to align on target platforms, and coordinate the resources across these organizations that represent components of a unified direct-to-consumer technology platform." Stankey noted that the HBO tech team will stay in place and added that the goal of the shift "is to provide focus and scale to the most important elements of these efforts and to make sure they have the proper resources."