Ken Werner Retiring From Warner Bros., David Decker Gets New Oversight

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Ken Werner

The domestic TV sales chief departs at year’s end.

Longtime Warner Bros. executive Ken Werner is set to retire. The TV veteran announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his post as president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution at year’s end.

His void will be filled by 15-year WB veteran David Decker, who's been named executive vice president of domestic TV distribution — adding station sales to this oversight.

“I have had a charmed career; fortunate to work at leading companies, alongside immensely talented colleagues, representing the most compelling content in a business that is always changing,” said Werner. “I leave Warner Bros. with great pride in what my teams have accomplished, beginning with building the distribution foundation for the fifth broadcast network (The WB) through to the last seven years as we asserted a leadership role in developing the on-demand marketplace with precedent-setting innovative deals. I am extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to represent the greatest TV and motion picture library in the world and am forever indebted to my WBDTD team, the larger Warner Bros. family, clients, competitors, friends and my family.”

With the company for more than 20 years, Werner has overseen operations of the domestic TV operation at Warner Bros. since 2006. His purview has consisted of first-run syndication, off-network television and theatrical motion pictures, on-demand, pay, cable, satellite and broadcast networks and local broadcast stations.

“Ken has led our domestic television distribution business with great success to many record-setting years," said Warner Bros. Worldwide TV Distribution president Jeffrey Schlesinger. “He and his team are industry leaders and have achieved these results with hard work, great salesmanship and innovation. We will miss Ken but wish him the best in retirement; his contributions will continue to be felt for many years to come.”

Of Decker, Schlesinger added: "“David has done a great job of dramatically growing our multiplatform business over the last three years. His combination of strategic thinking, smart salesmanship and strong leadership are a true asset and he’s ready to take the next step. Having worked side by side with Ken for many years, enables us to have a seamless transition in our domestic television distribution business as we begin the new year.”

The Warner Bros library is a vast one, consisting of over 5,000 TV series and 8,300 feature films. First-run syndicate projects during Werner’s tenure included The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Real and TMZ, as well as second runs of The Big Bang Theory, Friends and Mom.

A graduate of Georgetown University, Werner previously worked at the WB Network, CBS, The Walt Disney Company and Columbia Pictures Television.