He is the latest top level executive to leave the network under AT&T’s ownership
HBO has lost another top executive under its new AT&T ownership, as Simon Sutton is leaving as president and chief revenue officer.
Sutton’s decision comes after Turner’s Gerhard Zeiler was named chief revenue officer for WarnerMedia, overseeing the new WarnerMedia Affiliates and Advertising Sales Group. This made Sutton’s job redundant and he decided to step down, which will happen within the next month, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.
Sutton has been with HBO since 2005. He primarily oversaw technology, broadcast operations, information-technology research, and distribution deals with TV providers.
Sutton becomes the latest departure from HBO in the wake of AT&T’s new ownership, which was finalized last month when an appeals court blocked the Justice Department’s challenge to AT&T’s merger with Time Warner.
In the days after, HBO CEO Richard Plepler and Turner president David Levy both announced their intentions to leave, while former NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt was brought in to oversee both HBO and Turner. The new structure under AT&T will see HBO rolled up with Turner brands TNT, TBS and TruTV under the WarnerMedia banner. Last week Bernadette Aulestia, HBO’s president of global distribution, announced her resignation after 22 years with the company.
Earlier this year, HBO also lost David Levine as its co-head of drama development and programming.
Bloomberg first reported the news.