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New leadership for WBD GBFE

October 26, 2023

Bruce Campbell, Chief Revenue and Strategy Officer of Warner Bros Discovery, has announced a new global structure for Global Brands, Franchises, and Experiences (GBFE), the division that comprises WBD’s worldwide consumer products, themed entertainment, franchise management and development, and DC Comics businesses.

The changes have been made following the decision of Pam Lifford, President of Global Brands, Franchises, and Experiences to step back from her role to focus on a family member’s healthcare needs. Lifford reports to Campbell, and the new leaders named will all be direct reports to him:

Robert Oberschelp will become the new Head of Global Consumer Products. Oberschelp currently leads North America consumer products for WBD and is a well-respected licensing industry veteran. He has over 30 years in the industry including time at NBCUniversal, The Walt Disney Company, Williams-Sonoma, and Quicksilver.

Preston Kevin Lewis, Head of Consumer Products for Latin America and Retail Management for the Americas will add responsibility for North America Consumer Products as well, reporting to Oberschelp.

Julian Moon, Head of Consumer Products for EMEA and Asia Pacific, announced his retirement in 2024 after 33 years at the company. In the coming months, he will report to Oberschelp and work with him and WBD leadership on succession plans.

Peter van Roden, Head of Global Themed Entertainment, will continue in his role leading the licensed location-based entertainment, theme parks, and in-person experiences businesses.  His team manages the strategic partnership with Universal Destinations & Experiences for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and oversees Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi and The WB Abu Dhabi, as well as global experiences inspired by the Wizarding World, DC, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Game of Thrones, Friends and more.

Campbell also announced he will recruit a new Global Head of Franchise who will work closely with Campbell and the senior creative leadership team at WBD. This new leader will be responsible for developing the Company’s global IP portfolio across all businesses at WBD, working closely with the respective leadership of Film, Television, Games, and others.

Lifford joined Warner Bros in 2016 as President of Consumer Products and is credited with developing the organisation into a global, franchise-based business while increasing revenues 5-fold during that time. She announced her decision to step back and focus on her family during an all-hands meeting on the WB Lot in Burbank.

“When I joined the company back in 2016, we set out on a mission to transform the division and how WB thought about fans. Today, our team owns franchises, products, in-person experiences, DC, and keeps our global consumers engaged in our IP 24/7. I couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished together,” Lifford said, adding, “Today, the group is poised to take all of this forward with the new leadership across the studio and company. You will soar and make WBD unrivaled in the industry.”

Campbell said, “Pam is an extraordinary leader and unique in the entertainment industry. She’s brought tremendous value and thought leadership to the company over the years, and while we wish she were staying on, we understand and appreciate the commitment to family first. She put a tremendous team in place, and I look forward to what we will do together.”

The changes announced are effective November 27th.

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