President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks
Craig Hunegs serves as President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks. In both roles, he reports directly to the company’s Chairman and CEO, Kevin Tsujihara.
As President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group, Hunegs is responsible for overall Television Group performance and for creating traditional television and digital growth for Warner Bros.’ industry-leading television business. Warner Bros. is the largest producer and distributor of television series in the U.S. (more than 80 current domestic series for the 2016-17 season) and is producing a significant number of local series in key countries around the world. The company distributes its programming globally across traditional television networks and all other video platforms. Warner Bros. Television Group divisions include Warner Bros. Television, Warner Horizon Television, Warner Bros. Animation, Telepictures, Shed U.S., Warner Bros. Television Production UK, Warner Bros. International Television Production, Alloy Entertainment, Blue Ribbon Content and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution.
In the core Television Group business, Hunegs actively manages production for U.S. broadcast, basic and premium cable networks and SVOD services, the growth of Warner Bros. Animation’s kids business, expansion of international local production and the evolution of linear and on-demand TV distribution windows. He is on the board of The CW network, playing an active role in setting its linear and digital distribution strategies. Hunegs is also the lead deal maker for all Television Group production divisions. He was promoted to his WBTVG President role in May 2013.
In his role as President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, Hunegs is charged with guiding and growing the company’s owned OTT activities, including DramaFever and Warner Archive, an SVOD service offering classic Warner Bros. titles. Under Hunegs’ leadership, WBDN has the mandate to expand Warner Bros.’ OTT footprint by launching new offerings, growing current company-owned services and making strategic alliances. WBDN works closely with Time Warner divisions Turner and HBO as part of Time Warner’s overall strategy to reach audiences directly through currently owned OTT services as well as those to be launched in the future. The division manages the company’s wholly owned gamer network Machinima; it also manages Warner Bros.’ investments in Uninterrupted, the partnership with LeBron James and Maverick Carter and in Ellen Digital Ventures, a partnership with Ellen DeGeneres. Hunegs assumed his WBDN responsibilities in June 2016.
Previously, Hunegs served as Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Group from 2006-13, where he played a central role in managing the Television Group and developing, planning and implementing its key initiatives, including broad licensing partnerships with Netflix and Hulu, the launch of original cable series production and international local production, the formation of new linear and on-demand distribution windows, the expansion into online and wireless entertainment, the acquisitions of Alloy Entertainment and Shed Media and the creation of The CW network.
From 1999-2006, Hunegs was Executive Vice President, Warner Bros. Television Production and, from 1997-1999, Executive Vice President Business and Financial Affairs, Warner Bros. Television Production. Prior to joining Warner Bros., Hunegs was the Head of Business Affairs for The WB Network. Before that, he served as Vice President, Business Affairs for NBC Entertainment. He began his career in television as a program attorney at ABC Entertainment.
Hunegs is a board member of both the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation and NATPE as well as a past board member of the Alliance for Children’s Rights and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. Hunegs is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Colorado College.