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Ann Sarnoff is an American television executive who became the chairperson and CEO of Warner Bros. in the summer of 2019 as the first woman to hold the position at the company.[1]

Early life and career

Born in Wilbraham, Massachusetts on November 2, 1961, Sarnoff graduated from Minnechaug Regional High School in 1979 and started out as a strategic consultant at Marakon Associates.[2]

From 1993 to 2003, Sarnoff worked at Viacom in the corporate development department.[3] After leaving corporate, Sarnoff was the head of Nickelodeon consumer products and business development during Geraldine Laybourne's leadership of the company.[4] In 1999, while working at Nickelodeon, Sarnoff was part of a team that created the TV channel Noggin, a joint venture between Nickelodeon and Sesame Workshop. Sarnoff also helped create the television channel TV Land, which started off as Nick at Nite's TV Land in 1996.[5] Two shows she promoted were Rugrats and Blue's Clues. Sarnoff served as executive vice-president of business strategy and program enterprises at VH1.[6]

In 2001, she became chief operating officer of VH1 and Country Music Television, with the task of integrating the two channels.[7][8] During her time at VH1, Sarnoff launched the TV channel, VH1 Classic.[9]

In February 2004, Sarnoff was chief operating officer of the Women's National Basketball Association.[10][2]

In 2006, Sarnoff joined Dow Jones Ventures as president and senior vice president of strategy, a position she held for four years.[11][12] In this position, she ran the executive conference business for The Wall Street Journal.[13][14]

From 2010 to 2015, Sarnoff was chief operating officer of BBC Worldwide North America, where she worked with Herb Scannell, who she had worked with at Nickelodeon.[15] In August 2015, Sarnoff became president of BBC Studios Americas, formerly known as BBC Worldwide Americas.[16] In 2015, she launched the subscription TV channel, BBC Earth, and promoted shows like Doctor Who, Top Gear, Dancing with the Stars, Sherlock, Orphan Black, and Killing Eve.[17] From 2016 to 2018, Sarnoff was head of BBC Worldwide's Global Production Network.[18] In 2017, she launched Britbox, a streaming service for North America.[19][20]

In the summer of 2019, Sarnoff became the first woman CEO of Warner Bros, a subsidiary of WarnerMedia that was formerly known as Time Warner Inc before it was bought by AT&T. Sarnoff succeeded Kevin Tsujihara and reports to John Stankey.[21] Toby Emmerich, who is head of the Warner Bros. motion picture group, Peter Roth, who is the head of the Warner Bros. television group, and Kim Williams, executive VP and chief financial officer of Warner Bros. who oversees Otter Media, all report to Sarnoff in her position as head of Warner Bros.[22][23]



  1. "Ann Sarnoff Named Warner Bros. CEO in Surprise Pick" (in en), The Hollywood Reporter (24 June 2019). 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "WNBA.com: WNBA Names Ann Sarnoff New COO", Women's National Basketball Association (5 February 2004). 
  3. "Love What You Do" (Video), Harvard Business School (January 2015). 
  4. (2006) "I Do Know How She Does It", Mommy Wars: Stay-at-Home and Career Moms Face Off on Their Choices, Their Lives, Their Families. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-1-588-36598-9. 
  5. "Georgetown University Women's Leadership Institute presents: Ann Sarnoff (Stanton Distinguished Leaders Series)" (Video interview), Women's Leadership Institute, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University (5 November 2015). 
  6. "VH1, Westwood One Team On Network" (in en), Billboard (19 August 2000), p. 4. 
  7. "Power Couple". Harvard Business School (1 June 2005).
  8. "Sarnoff Named COO Of Both VH1, CMT" (in en-us), Multichannel. 
  9. "Women to Watch: Ann Sarnoff" (in en-us), Multichannel (27 January 2002). 
  10. "WNBA Chief Operating Officer: Ann Sarnoff". Women's National Basketball Association. Retrieved on 24 June 2019.
  11. "Sarnoff Leaves Dow Jones To Join BBC Worldwide America As COO", GigOm (8 September 2010). 
  12. (2018) "Crush It In Corporate Life", You Are a Mogul: How to Do the Impossible, Do It Yourself, and Do It Now. New York: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-501-19187-9. 
  13. "The future of TV: A conversation with the BBC's Ann Sarnoff", Foundation Capital (26 September 2016). 
  14. "Ann Sarnoff Named President of Dow Jones Ventures" (Press release), Dow Jones, GlobeNewswire (27 June 2006). 
  15. "Herb Scannell Leaves BBC Worldwide North America; Ann Sarnoff Promoted" (in en), Variety (21 May 2015). 
  16. "WF 2018 Speakers: Ann Sarnoff". (en) Georgetown University Women's Forum (21 March 2018).
  17. "Ann Sarnoff; President, Americas". BBC Studios. Retrieved on 25 June 2019.
  18. "Ann Sarnoff Named Chair and CEO of Warner Bros." (Press release) (in en), WarnerMedia (24 June 2019). 
  19. "Ann Sarnoff - Most Powerful Women 2018" (in en), CableFAX (2018). 
  20. "BritBox Subscribers Hit Half a Million" (in en), Variety (17 January 2019). 
  21. "Ann Sarnoff, a Hollywood Outsider, Will Lead Warner Bros. Studio", The New York Times (24 June 2019). 
  22. "Warner Bros.' CEO Surprise: Ann Sarnoff Represents Unexpected Choice for Studio in Transition" (in en), Variety (24 June 2019). 
  23. "Ann Sarnoff named chair and CEO of Warner Bros.", CNN (24 June 2019). 

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