Warner Bros. Discovery hires Luis Silberwasser to lead the sports division, and more

Media giant Warner Bros. Discovery has named Luis Silberwasser as president and CEO of its sports division.

Silberwasser will lead the newly combined company’s domestic sports portfolio and oversee a unified global sports strategy. He joins from American Spanish-language media company TelevisaUnivision, where he was chairman of Television Networks Group.

Reporting to Warner Bros Discovery Managing Director David Zaslav, Silberwasser will oversee assets including Eurosport, Turner Sports and Bleacher Report. The media entity’s combined rights, including the Olympics, National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), and National Collegiate Men’s Basketball Tournament Athletic Association (NCAA).

“I am thrilled to join Warner Bros. Discovery in an exciting and innovative time, especially for its newly integrated global sports business and the company‘s formidable team that boasts some of the most compelling on-air talent, production values ​​from world class and the broadest media. rights around the world,” Silberwasser said.

Zaslav added: “I have known Luis for many years and have tremendous respect for his hard work, his collaborative approach to work and his ability to build highly successful global businesses and brands.”

Elsewhere, sports marketing agency revolution hired Bruce Bundrant and Jacie Brandeswho will both serve as Senior Vice President, Business Development.


Appointment

sam zusman

Managing Director, BSE Global

Previously: Co-President, IMG Media and Events

Eric Conrad

Managing Director, Strategic Partnerships and Content, North America, Sportradar

Previously: Executive Vice President, Sports Programming and Acquisitions, Univision

Matthew Brooke

Managing Director – Europe, Spartan and Tough Mudder

Previously: Managing Director – UK, Spartan and Tough Mudder

Steve LaCroix

President, Wisdom Gaming

Previously: Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Minnesota Vikings

Catherine Newman

Executive Vice President and Head of Marketing, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)

Previously: Marketing Director, Manchester United

Doug Holtzman

Senior Vice President, Sports, Sportsdigita

Previously: Vice President of Business Development, Sportsdigita

Lisa Feigenbaum

Senior Vice President, Box Office, XFL

Previously: Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Dallas Wings and Panther City Lacrosse Club


departures

Christopher Heck

President of Business Operations, Philadelphia 76ers

Notes: Heck originally joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise in 2013 and has been in his current position since September 2017. He will leave at the end of June.


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Appointment

Don Dransfield

Football Group Managing Director, 777 Partners

Previously: Strategy Director, City Football Group (CFG)

Oscar Brodkin

Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, Sportradar

Previously: Managing Director, Risk Intelligence, Sportradar

Marc McFarlane

Senior Vice President, Asia Strategic Partnerships, IMG

Previously: General Manager, APAC, OneFootball

Andre Barge

CEO, Buzzer

Previously: Senior Director, Content Business Development, Twitter

James King

General Counsel, Professional Footballers Association (PFA)

Previously: Senior Legal Adviser for Football Operations, Arsenal


departures

Will Wilson

Chief Executive Officer and Secretary General of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF)

Notes: Wilson, who has held his current position since March 2020, is stepping down to pursue “new businesses and professional opportunities,” effective March 31st October.

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