Magazine article Screen International

Warner Bros. China Appoints Wanda Exec to Key Role

Magazine article Screen International

Warner Bros. China Appoints Wanda Exec to Key Role

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Chinese entertainment and tech industry veteran Gillian Zhao has been named executive vice president and managing director, Warner Bros. China, becoming the company's first country manager for China.

In the newly created position, Zhao will have general oversight of all of Warner Bros.' businesses in China, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and emerging distribution technologies.

Additionally, she'll report to and work with Richard Fox, Warner Bros.' executive vice president of international, to explore new opportunities and partnerships for the company.

Prior to joining Warner Bros., Zhao most recently served as senior assistant to the president of Wanda Culture Group and CEO of Wanda Pictures.

Before that, she worked at Bona Film Group and Celestial Entertainment China. She has also held senior executive posts at Star TV (China) Co. Ltd. Starting in 1987, Zhao spent nearly two decades working in tech, including as managing director of Apple China, deputy GM of MicrosoftChina, channel marketing manager for IBM China and a 10-year stint at China Hewlett Packard Co.

"Gillian is a multi-faceted executive with a great background across the entertainment and tech sectors in China," said WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara. …

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