Warner Bros. technical operations has promoted Darcy Antonellis to evp, distribution & technology operations, and Chuck Dages to evp, emerging technology. Both Antonellis and Dages will report directly to technical operations president Chris Cookson.
In her new position, Antonellis will oversee all technical strategic planning and implementation related to next-generation content distribution covering a variety of digital distribution technologies, including digital cinema and company-wide media asset management initiatives. She'll also maintain existing P&L operations and servicing responsibilities dealing with theatrical and television content storage, fulfillment and distribution.
In his new position, Dages will be responsible for locating, identifying, evaluating and implementing new strategic technologies that may impact Warner Bros. Entertainment's television, online, interactive and wireless businesses. Dages is also charged with managing the technological aspects of Warner Bros. Entertainment's entry into the massive multi-player games arena with the upcoming launch of THE MATRIX ONLINE.
"More changes have taken place in the technologies that affect the production and distribution of entertainment product in the past decade than in the entire history of the business, which is why it is imperative that we have executives of Darcy and Chuck's caliber playing major roles in our operation," said Cookson. "They've both made invaluable contributions to the company during their tenure and we'll continue to look to them for their expertise and leadership."
Antonellis most recently served as svp, distribution technologies and operations, Warner Bros. technical operations, where she oversaw the company's transition from traditional distribution technologies to the digital distribution of content via new and extended channels including video-on-demand and high definition, and was responsible for the technical and operational changes necessary to support these new opportunities. Antonellis joined Warner Bros. in 1998 as svp, operations, technical operations.
Prior to joining Warner Bros. technical operations, Antonellis was vp, technical and Olympic operations for CBS Inc., having also served as vp, technical operations in New York and director, Washington operations, for the CBS News Bureau in Washington, D.C. Antonellis also served as vp, operations and engineering for WTTG-TV, the Fox Affiliate in Washington, D.C.
Dages previously served as svp, emerging technologies, Warner Bros. corporate business development & strategy (and at Warner Bros. New Media before that), supervising the selection and installation of technical systems, architectures and software for creating and distributing Warner Bros. Entertainment's film and television products. He was a member of the team that created The WB Television Network and helped develop a distribution file server system that extended the reach of The WB to smaller U.S. television markets. Prior to joining Warner Bros. technical operations, Dages was vp of engineering for CBS.