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WarnerMedia names former Hulu chief Jason Kilar CEO

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FILE – In this file photo taken March 23, 2015, Jason Kilar poses for a photo in San Francisco. Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu and a former Amazon senior vice president, has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, the company announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

By JAKE COYLE AP Film Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Kilar, the founding chief executive of Hulu and a former Amazon senior vice president, has been named CEO of WarnerMedia, the company announced Wednesday.

Kilar takes the reins of one of Hollywood’s largest film and television factories, putting in him charge of the Warner Bros. movie and TV studio, HBO, CNN and other cable networks. The appointment comes just as WarnerMedia, which is owned by AT&T, is preparing the launch of its own streaming service, HBO Max.

Kilar succeeds John Stankey, who was promoted to AT&T president and chief operating officer in September. Kilar, who will begin May 1, will report to Stankey. HBO Max is set to launch in May.

“Jason is a dynamic executive with the right skill set to lead WarnerMedia into the future,” Stankey said in a statement. “His experience in media and entertainment, direct-to-consumer video streaming and advertising is the perfect fit for WarnerMedia, and I am excited to have him lead the next chapter of WarnerMedia’s storied success.”

Kilar, 48, was Hulu’s chief from its inception in 2007 through 2013. After departing Hulu, he co-founded and was CEO of the streaming service Vessel for four years.

The choice of Kilar makes clear the priority of the new streaming service for AT&T. HBO Max will enter the increasingly crowded streaming marketplace to compete with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney-Plus and the soon-to-launch platforms Peacock, from NBCUniversal, and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form Quibi. WarnerMedia has said HBO Max will cost $14.99 a month, making it one of higher-priced streaming services.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to lean into the future at WarnerMedia,” Kilar said. “Stories well told have always mattered, and they matter even more in this challenging time for the world. It will be a privilege to invent, create, and serve with so many talented people.”

Reporting to Kilar will be Warner Bros. chairman and chief executive Ann Sarnoff, head of news and sports Jeff Zucker and WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt.

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Monty Mobile – striving for innovation and excellence in the telecom industry

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Founded in 1998 by Chairman Mountasser Hachem, Monty Mobile – a part of Monty Holding Group – is a globally renowned GSMA certified, open connectivity hub and roaming broker that reaches 120 countries. Alongside an ambitious CEO, with a wealth of experience in multiple business ventures, within the telecommunications industry, the company boasts an internationally placed board of directors, each with their own unique and impressive skill-set; placing Monty Mobile at the forefront of opportunities within the growing digital market.

Mountasser Hachem set up his first company – MediaTech Communications at the age of 30. Since then, Monty (as he likes to be called) has developed an exceptional reputation, inspiring his international team of employees to refer to him as ‘a one of a kind, CEO’. Other board members, include; Hassan Kabbani, former CEO of Middle Eastern telecoms giant, Zain; Biola Alabi, based in Nigeria, who was named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the WEF (World Economic Forum) in 2012 and after a success of philanthropic enterprises is now CEO of her own Media and Entertainment Consultancy; Jean Jaques Pany, is based in France and has an MSc in Mechanical Engineering. Jean-Jaques is the former Vice President of Orange Europe and is now the President of a telecom investment company, which targets growth-based on innovation; Susanne Hannestad, specializes in FinTech and is Board Director for a number of international tech companies. She is now the CEO of FinTech Mundi, a global financial solutions consultancy that helps high-potential financial technology companies develop their ideas, commercialize their products and grow their businesses internationally; Joshua Smythwood, based in London, has over 18 years’ experience as a senior leader for various multi-national operators and telecom service providers.

Such a dynamic and well-established board, enables Monty Mobile to drive their mission in helping operators maximize their revenue, by offering a range of innovative solutions, developed by their team of experts. In the last decade, operators across the globe have seen a consistent decline in revenue as a result of OTT (Over the Top) services such as instant messaging, that bypass the operator, in spite of their critical need for network, in order to function.

The emergence of 5G and IoT has once again brought the role of operators and telcos to the forefront of the rapidly advancing digital world and connects them to many opportunities that could consolidate their role as key-players in the telecommunications sector. Furthermore, the current COVID-19 crisis has also placed operators on the global stage – to support and assist the worldwide pandemic. Monty Mobile provides solutions to help operators see an opportunity in every challenge. Now, more than ever, the world is in need of innovative communication and FinTech services that make daily procedures simpler, protect our safety and reach out to the world’s most vulnerable populations. With this in mind, Monty Mobile has developed a range of new services, which incorporate the above and aim to elevate and enhance the role of operators in the international digital revolution.

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