Warner Bros. names new head of studio operations

Paul Clinton

MEDIA DISTRICT WEST -- Jon Gilbert has taken over studio operations at

Warner Bros., the company announced.

Gilbert, who previously served as an executive vice president of

Warner Bros., will oversee all day-to-day management of the studio's

production, post-production and other operations.

"I'm very enthused," Gilbert said Thursday. "I'm gratified the studio

had the confidence to choose me."

Gilbert replaces Gary Credle, who was promoted to executive vice

president of administration and studio operations. Gilbert, who began his

new job Jan. 31, will continue to report to Credle.

Gilbert, who will manage operations on the studio's 110-acre lot and 35-acre ranch, said overseeing the transition to digital technology will

be a major responsibility.

Digital formats will give the studio more avenues to market movies,

television shows and other creative products, he said.

On Jan. 13, Warner Bros. parent corporation Time Warner Inc. announced

a $163-million mega-merger with America Online that would giving the

studio an Internet outlet for its shows.

Gilbert will spend most of his time on the studio lot -- where Warner

Bros. counts 35 sound stages, 12 post-production sound stages and 214

editing rooms -- 35 of which are digital.

Gilbert, who lives in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, represents

the studio on the Chamber of Commerce board. He has worked for Warner

Bros. since 1990.

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