The company has chosen Luis Silberwasser, currently president of U.S. networks for TelevisaUnivision, to be chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery Sports. The new role instantly makes Silberwasser one of the most powerful executives in the world of sports, and one of the most high-profile Latino executives in media.
The appointments include veteran executives from ViacomCBS, WarnerMedia and Telemundo. Pierluigi Gazzolo fills the newly created role of president of Univision Communications Inc. and chief transformation officer, while Luis Silberwasser fills the newly created role of president of the Univision Television Networks Group, leading Univision’s national TV properties.
Telemundo Touts World Cup, New President
NBCUniversal’s Telemundo is taking a victory lap for its World Cup acquisition back in 2011 during the upfront this season. Sitting in the driver’s seat during that lap is newly announced network president Luis Silberwasser. The company paid some $600 million for the rights to broadcast the most-popular global sports event in Spanish; now it’s shooting the works on promotion as the next contest approaches (this year’s FIFA World Cup will air on Univision, but it’s soon enough that the network is changing emphasis to its newly purchased U.S. soccer rights).
Discovery Networks International executive Luis Silberwasser has been named president of Telemundo Network. He succeeds Emilio Romano who left in October. Silberwasser will start in August.