An Old-School Media Titan Pushes Aside an Upstart
Jason Kilar was named chief executive of WarnerMedia just last year, but now he is negotiating his departure after being sidelined by David Zaslav, the longtime leader of Discovery.
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By Brooks Barnes and Nicole Sperling
LOS ANGELES — It’s the law of the Hollywood jungle. The biggest cats win.
It was only last year that Jason Kilar, a digital media executive, was named the chief executive of WarnerMedia, a division of AT&T that includes HBO, Warner Bros. and CNN. In particular, AT&T wanted Mr. Kilar to turn an upstart streaming service, HBO Max, into a Netflix-style powerhouse.
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