Warner Bros. Discovery France Chief Pierre Branco Joins Wave of Departing International Executives

Warner Bros. Discovery France Chief Pierre Branco Departs Amid International Executive Reshuffling

Pierre Branco, who has been with the company for 17 years and ascended to the role of head of France, Benelux, and Africa after the Warner Bros. and Discovery merger last year, is the latest international executive to exit the company. Branco will continue in his role until a new organizational structure is finalized under the leadership of international boss Gerhard Zeiler. His departure follows recent exits of EMEA boss Priya Dogra, Germany head Hannes Heyelmann, and international distribution chief Robert Blair.
Gerhard Zeiler, in a recent communication, lauded Branco as "a rare example of a leader who combines exceptional commercial skills with a truly creative mindset." Zeiler highlighted Branco's achievements, including the success of local film "Simone" and the introduction of the Warner Pass on Amazon Prime Video.
Branco, who joined Turner in 2006, has held various roles across EMEA, leading Turner's TV and digital business in France, the UK, Northern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He played a pivotal role in launching brands like Toonami and Warner TV and later led the Affiliate and Ad-Sales unit in EMEA, overseeing wholesale distribution contracts during the launch of HBO Max in the region.
Zeiler expressed gratitude for Branco's contributions, stating, "His focus on the necessities of today and the knowledge of the needs of tomorrow means he never lost sight of the long-term view of our business." Branco reflected on his 17 years at Warner Bros. Discovery, expressing immense pride and satisfaction, and thanked colleagues and partners worldwide.
Gerhard Zeiler is scheduled to speak at Mipcom Cannes in two weeks.
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