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Cookson exits WB; Sony's in sight

Christopher J. Cookson is exiting his post as president of Warner Bros. Technical Operations and chief technical officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment. While word is that the executive is in talks with several companies, one scenario has him heading crosstown to join Sony Pictures Entertainment. It's not yet known what role he is considering at Sony, but he would bring with him a skill set that, like Sony, spans entertainment and technology. At Warners Technical Operations, he oversaw video duplication, video mastering, preservation/archiving and restoration. Cookson's responsibilities have included developing and adapting new technologies for Warners' businesses, and he has participated in initiatives including the development and launch of DVD. He keynoted this year's NAB Digital Cinema Summit, advocating 4K as a mastering and archiving medium. Cookson was named president of Warner Bros. Technical Operations in 2003, having served as executive vp technical operations since 1997. In 1999, he was appointed CTO of Warner Bros., which he joined in 1992, following stints at CBS and ABC. He holds numerous U.S. patents and has been awarded two Emmys. (Carolyn Giardina)