David Decker Promoted to EVP, Warner Bros Business & Legal Affairs
David Decker has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, where he will oversee the combined domestic and international television distribution's business & legal affairs groups, it was announced today by Jeffrey Schlesinger, President, Worldwide Television Distribution. Decker is the first executive to take on domestic and international responsibilities since Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced the formation of a global television distribution organization under Schlesinger's leadership.
All of the lawyers and business affairs executives responsible for both international and domestic activities will report to Decker, who will report to Schlesinger. Ron Miele, who serves as Warner Bros. International Television Distribution's General Counsel, will continue to report directly to Schlesinger and will maintain a focus on corporate development, regulatory concerns and operational issues.
"It was clear to me that the most effective first step in aligning the distribution of Warner Bros programming to all television and SVOD outlets around the world is to create a single legal and business affairs group to better service our global customers and share best practices," said Schlesinger. "This is the one group that is involved in all of our dealings in both the traditional and new media platforms, and their input helps develop our strategy and licensing policy. I think David is the right person to lead this group, transform it into a single organization and to make us more effective on a global basis."
A nine-year veteran of the company, Decker has served as Executive Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution and Telepictures Productions, since 2009. Prior to joining the Company, Decker spent six years at Stone Stanley Entertainment, as Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs, a post he was promoted to in 2002, having started with the company in 1998 as Vice President, Business Affairs. Before that, he served as a production attorney in the business affairs department at Buena Vista Television, responsible for all legal aspects of "The Keenen Ivory Wayans Show," and also as a contract attorney in the legal department of Paramount Pictures Network Television. He has also practiced civil litigation at civil defense law firms in Los Angeles and served as an independent legal consultant to a number of entertainment companies. Decker holds a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School (CA) and a bachelor's degree in French literature from Dickinson College.
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