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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Sees Massive Pay Raise in 2017

Stock awards push compensation to nearly $49 million

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes saw his pay spike in 2017, thanks to stock windfall from his company’s planned acquisition by AT&T. Bewkes brought in nearly $49 million in compensation, the company’s Q1 SEC filing showed. It’s a huge jump from the $32.6 million he pulled in for 2016.

In fact, the $32 million in stock awards was almost the entirety of his pay in 2016, and a massive jump from the $7.7 million he received in stock awards the prior year. That $32 million covers two years, both 2017 and 2018, as an incentive to stay if the merger with AT&T goes through.

Bewkes’ base salary stayed the same at $2 million, with an additional $14.7 million in bonuses.

The next-highest-paid executive at Time Warner was CFO Howard Averill, who made $6.7 million in 2017, which was a far cry from the $20.3 million he pulled in 2016.

Time Warner delivered a solid beat on both earnings per share (EPS) and in revenue for its first quarter, though its operating income dropped 8 percent. The company is entrenched in battle with the Department of Justice, which brought an antitrust lawsuit over its proposed merger with AT&T.