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Chris Linn to Depart TruTV, Kevin Reilly Gains Oversight Under New 4-Year Deal

Reilly now in charge of three Turner networks along with leading content for upcoming streaming service

Kevin Reilly is sticking around at WarnerMedia for another four years and adding truTV under his purview, to go along with TNT and TBS, with truTV president Chris Linn departing the company.

The move means that Reilly is now the head of all three of WarnerMedia’s basic cable entertainment networks, to go along with his role as chief content officer for the upcoming streaming service.

“Kevin has a long-standing reputation as an industry leader and his accomplishments throughout his career — and particularly at this company — are remarkable,” said WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt. “He will continue to head up our important cable networks as well as oversee the robust content strategy for our new direct-to-consumer streaming service. I look forward to our continued collaboration as we move these valuable WarnerMedia properties forward under Kevin. At the same time, I thank Chris Linn for his leadership and dedication to re-branding and building truTV over the last several years.”

WarnerMedia is preparing to launch a new streaming service early next year — a beta version will be out at the end of 2019 — that will blend ad-supported and ad-free elements, AT&T chief Randall Stephenson said earlier this week.

Reilly came to Turner to head up TNT and TBS in 2014. During his tenure, TBS has launched “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” “Search Party” and “The Last O.G.” while TNT has rolled out dramas “The Alienist,” “I Am the Night” and “Claws.” Under Reilly, Turner has also refashioned “Conan” and set a joint venture with O’Brien’s Team Coco, as well as formed the esports league E-League and the just-announced All Elite Wrestling League.

Reilly is a long-tenured entertainment executive having led both NBC and Fox during his career, as well as cable network FX.

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