Ann Sarnoff. Photo by WarnerMedia

WarnerMedia chairman Ann Sarnoff exits ahead of Discovery merger

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Ann Sarnoff will no longer be WarnerMedia studios and networks group chairman and CEO, according to Variety.

Per the aforementioned Variety article, sources report that Sarnoff was informed that her position would be eliminated by superiors.

“I want to thank Ann for all of her leadership during a transformational period for the company and our industry,” said David Zaslav, the incoming CEO of the merged Warner Bros. Discovery. ‘She has been a passionate and committed steward of the world’s most formidable creative engine and has led with integrity, focus and hard work in bringing WarnerMedia’s businesses, brands and workforce closer together.”

Sarnoff received some fan criticism after grousing “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” last year calling the film a “cul-de-sac,” referring to the fanbase as toxic while also reaffirming that the studio would not release Director David Ayer’s cut of the 2016 film “Suicide Squad.”

“There is a lot of exciting momentum at the company and I appreciate all of her counsel and partnership the last few months putting us in a position to succeed as we launch Warner Bros. Discovery,” Zaslav said. “We all wish her great success in the future.”

Zaslav is restructuring WarnerMedia with an aspirational vision for the company’s future. More exits are expected in the near future. WarnerMedia and Discovery’s anticipated merger is expected to finalize this month.

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