Lenny Daniels, Turner Sports President, Exits

Lenny Daniels is the most recent WarnerMedia veteran to exit the corporate because it was acquired by the previous Discovery Communications.

Daniels had been president of the sports-media operation as soon as often known as Turner Sports activities, which encompasses the corporate’s NBA, NHL and Main League Baseball telecasts and studio exhibits in addition to the NCAA March Insanity event that its dad or mum company, Warner Bros. Discovery, shares with Paramount International’s CBS Sports activities. He “has determined to go away WBD Sports activities, efficient instantly, Luis Silberwasser, chairman of Warner Bros. Discovery’s sports activities operations, advised staffers in a memo Monday. “Whereas this transformation will happen immediately, Lenny has agreed to work with me to make sure a easy transition.”

Daniels, who had been with the corporate for 27 years, was not named to move up the dad or mum’s sports activities enterprise, which now stretches to incorporate sports activities rights for the Olympics in Europe, amongst different holdings. Silberwasser was named sports activities chairman for Warner Bros. Discovery in June.

Sports activities Enterprise Journal beforehand reported on the manager’s departure.

Daniels’ departure, nevertheless, will go away Warner Bros. Discovery with out one in all its acquainted faces because it faces a brand new spherical of negotiations for rights to NBA video games, one of many centerpieces of its total programming schedule. Warner Bros. in October signed new multi-year offers with Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith to host TNT’s flagship studio present, “Inside The NBA,” however its CEO, David Zaslav , lately cautioned that the corporate  doesn’t “need to have the NBA,” if a deal doesn’t meet its wants. The NBA’s present take care of each Warner Bros. Discovery and Disney’s ESPN expires after the 2024-25 season.

Daniels performed a pivotal position in serving to Turner purchase the Bleacher Report sports activities website.

“I’m extraordinarily assured in the way forward for WBD Sports activities, each right here within the U.S. and overseas. We’ve an enviable portfolio of premium sports activities property, and we’ve got the perfect artistic, manufacturing and enterprise groups within the business.,” Silberwasser stated. “With all of you, we are going to proceed to innovate, develop and make the vital strategic selections that set us up for long-term success on this new media panorama.”

Daniels’ direct reviews will now work underneath Silberwasser. It doesn’t appear seemingly that the corporate will fill Daniels’ position instantly. Tina Shah, government VP and normal supervisor; Craig Barry, chief content material officer; Tara August, senior VP of expertise relations; Bennett Spector, who heads up content material and programming for Bleacher Report’; and Chris Brown, vp of tech operations, are anticipated to stay with the corporate. Cn