WarnerMedia Merger Deal Kicks Off Scramble for Interim Leadership

If current WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar exits, who will fill the position until David Zaslav takes over?

The merger between AT&T’s WarnerMedia and Discovery Inc. instantly set off speculation in Hollywood over who will run WarnerMedia after the expected exit of CEO Jason Kilar, with candidates ranging from tech veteran Andy Forssell to HBO chief Casey Bloys to former HBO leader Richard Plepler.

Given the magnitude of the deal, its complexities and the swiftness by which the deal was announced, it’s unclear who has the leadership skills to lead should the exit of Kilar become official, which is likely.

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Beatrice Verhoeven

Film Editor, Twitter: @bverhoev