8:34am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Cartoon Network President to Exit After 15-Year Run
Cartoon Network president Christina Miller is exiting the WarnerMedia-backed cabler.
Miller, who will stay on until year's end and help with the transition, will be replaced on an interim basis by marketing chief Michael Ouweleen. Miller announced her departure Wednesday with a memo (see below) sent to staffers. She had been with the WarnerMedia-backed company for 15 years and oversaw Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies.
Sources say WarnerMedia executives wanted Miller to stay and run the division, but she opted to depart the company and try something new. "This is not a decision I came to lightly," Miller said of her choice to depart WarnerMedia. "It's one of the hardest I've had to make in my career. Ultimately, it feels like the right time for me to leave and take a little time to think about what comes next, but I do so, feeling immensely proud of the work we've done together and so grateful for the experience."
During her 15 years with the company, Miller oversaw the No. 1 network among young adults — Adult Swim — and built brands including Rick and Morty, Adventure Time and Steven Universe and global franchises including The Power Puff Girls and Ben 10, among others. Before being promoted to president of the four brands, she was GM of NBA Digital and president of Turner Sports marketing/strategy and programming. Miller first joined Turner (the former name of the company before it changed to WarnerMedia) in 2005 as vp Cartoon Network Enterprises, where she built the division's first global consumer products business.
Miller's departure arrives as WarnerMedia's forthcoming streaming service, HBO Max, is making kids' programming a centerpiece of its platform. The service will share library rights to mega-hit Rick and Morty with Hulu and recently landed Sesame Street, which moved over from HBO's linear network. Kids' programming is currently among the genres in high demand as multiple new streaming services enter an already crowded market and look to make kids and families a top priority.