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WarnerMedia has named Ricky Ow president of is distribution and advertising sales division in APAC, following the streamlining of now merged HBO and Turner, where he was regional president.

Ricky Ow WarnerMedia Entertainment NetworksJonathan Spink, CEO, HBO Asia, will be leaving the AT&T-owned media giant, along with Steve Burton, executive vice president, HBO Asia.

Ow will be responsible for the WarnerMedia’s APAC entertainment and kids’ networks, their distribution to 42 countries in the region, and their advertising sales. He will report to Giorgio Stock , president, WarnerMedia entertainment networks, distribution and advertising sales, EMEA and APAC.

WarnerMedia Entertainment Asia Pacific brands include Warner TV, Oh!K, Mondo TV, Mondo Mah-Jong TV, TABI Channel, Tabi Tele, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, POGO and Tuzki together with HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits, Cinemax and Red as well as the OTT service HBO Go, and two SVOD services HBO On Demand and 鼎级剧场 (Ding Ji Ju Chang). WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks is also responsible for the distribution of CNN International, HLN and BabyFirst in Asia.

“Ricky has done a tremendous job in building a team that has transformed our business in Asia, investing in award-winning premium content, developing completely new revenue streams and optimising operations. I’m confident that he and his extended team will deliver even more to our partners and invest further in what we offer our fans,” said Stock.

“I want to thank Jonathan, who over his long tenure has led the Asian team with passion, entrepreneurship, and a focus on innovation, applying throughout his good humour and a healthy dose of common sense. I am looking forward to having his precious advice and his insights through the end of this year as we bring our companies together and prepare for a new chapter,” Stock added.

Spink said: “It has been a truly exceptional experience leading HBO Asia over these past years. It has been a wonderful journey and I wish the company every success for the future.”

In other appoinmens, Clement Schwebig will become managing director, WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, Southeast Asia, Pacific and China, effective immediately. Schwebig will be based in Singapore and continue to report to Ow.

In his new role, Schwebig will oversee all entertainment networks including HBO and its family of channels, OTT service and two SVOD services, Warner TV, local content channels Red and Oh!K, as well as Cartoon Network and the kids portfolio, and all digital ventures. His responsibilities include operations, advertising sales, and the distribution of all networks. Schwebig was previously CFO of Turner Asia Pacific, SVP Business Development and Licensing for the region, as well as managing director of China.

Jamie Friend, currently SVP and CFO for WarnerMedia Entertainment Networks, EMEA, has been promoted to take on the additional responsibility of helming the company's financial planning and analysis for APAC.