Warner Bros. TV Group, Digital Networks Exec Craig Hunegs to Depart
Toward the end of his 20-year-tenure at the studio, Hunegs led the creation of the Digital Networks group that launched DC Universe, Boomerang and FilmStruck.
Warner Bros. TV executive Craig Hunegs will exit his role at the end of the year, capping a more than 20-year-career at the studio.
Most recently president of business and strategy at Warner Bros. TV Group and president of Warner Bros. Digital Networks, Hunegs managed all of the studio's television production and oversaw its portfolio of digital brands.
His departure, said to be a personal decision, comes months after AT&T completed its acquisition of the newly named WarnerMedia unit. Since then, there have been a number of changes to the digital business that he helped to create. Digital Networks brands FilmStruck and DramaFever have both been shut down and Machinima, a gaming-centric brand that WB acquired in 2016, has moved under AT&T's Otter Media umbrella.
"Craig has been an invaluable member of the Warner Bros. family for more than two decades," Warner Bros. chairman-CEO Kevin Tsujihara said Monday in a statement. "His skills as a manager, a savvy deal maker and a hugely talented strategist have helped shape our future in the rapidly evolving television industry and been critical to the company’s success. Most recently, Craig was instrumental in our move into the digital networks business, including helping launch DCUniverse, which brings one of our most important brands fully into the digital age. I thank him for his many contributions to Warner Bros. We will all miss him immensely, but I have no doubt he’ll be equally successful in his future endeavors.”
Hunegs, who previously ran business affairs at The WB, joined Warner Bros. in 1999 and served as executive vp of WB TV production during his first seven years at the company. In 2006, he took on a new role where he oversaw initiatives like licensing partnerships with Netflix and Hulu and the launch of original cable series production. The exec also played a role in the acquisitions of Alloy Entertainment and Shed Media and the launch of The CW network.
Hunegs was promoted to his current role in 2013, and for the last several years he has managed production for U.S. broadcast, cable and streaming projects. He also oversaw the growth of Warner Bros. Animation's kids business and served on the board of The CW. Simultaneously, he oversaw the 2016 creation of WB Digital Networks, an umbrella for such brands as the recently launched DC Universe and Boomerang streaming services. The group also houses Uninterrupted, a digital brand operated in partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter, and Ellen DeGeneres' Ellen Digital Ventures.
"I want to thank Kevin and my colleagues in the Television Group — especially my partners Peter Roth and Jeff Schlesinger — my Digital Networks team and all my colleagues across WB, Turner and HBO," said Hunegs. "It's been an amazing run. After 20 years here, I can't wait to take on new opportunities at this incredibly dynamic time in our industry."