David Dekker will take over at Warner Bros. starting January 2, 2023, replacing longtime executive Jim Wuthrich, who plans to leave the company later this year. He will assume the role of president of content sales at Discovery.
Decker will report to Bruce Campbell, the company’s chief revenue and strategy officer. Decker will be responsible for overseeing the licensing and distribution of WBD’s films, television, animation and digital content to third-party platforms in North America, as well as direct-to-consumer digital and physical retail sales.
“Licensing world-class content to key partners is one of the strategic pillars of Warner Bros. Discovery and will be a key driver of our company in the coming years,” Campbell said in a prepared statement. “I am excited to see David’s expertise and collaborative leadership style applied to our overall content distribution business.”
Decker, who worked for Warner Bros. for 18 years, was previously executive vice president of content licensing. He made agreements that include The sale The “Jennifer Hudson Show” for local television stations across the United States. In his previous role, he oversaw domestic and international activities, including the distribution of WB programming to television and SVOD outlets around the world.and Ltd commercial operations for Warner Bros.’ Syndication production arm responsible for programs such as “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “TMZ.” Before joining Warner Bros. and Telepictures, Decker spent six years at Stone Stanley Entertainment..
Decker earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola and a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.
Wütrich has driven the growth and development of home entertainment, from the introduction of DVD to the digital transition. He ran WB Interactive for many years as a pioneer in developing digital proprietary formats and worldwide licensing of Warner Bros. content. He also led the team responsible for the theatrical window strategy that maximized the exposure and value of WB Pictures’ films after they left the theater.
“Jim brought an extremely valuable and industry-defining strategy to Warner Bros. It’s truly amazing, and we’re grateful for that,” said Campbell. “If you know Jim, you know it’s exciting to see what he does next. I know I’ll be watching.”