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David Zaslav Hires Robert Gibbs as Warner Bros. Discovery Comms Chief

David Zaslav Hires Robert Gibbs as Warner Bros. Discovery Comms Chief

David Zaslav has found his new communications chief.

The Warner Bros. Discovery CEO has tapped former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs as the new top executive to lead its comms division after the exit of Nathaniel Brown at the beginning of this year, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Gibbs, 53, recently served as a partner at comms agency Bully Pulpit International. He was Barack Obama’s press secretary from 2009 to 2011 and had been global chief communications officer of McDonald’s from 2015-2019. Previously he served as press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.

The official brings extensive Washington, D.C. ties, which could be valuable in the case of navigating regulatory review that any Warner Bros. Discovery M&A opportunity could bring.

Brown was hired in 2022 to lead corporate communications for Discovery Inc., before it merged with WarnerMedia to form Warner Bros Discovery.

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THR‘s Hot Source newsletter reported earlier on Monday that the new top PR exec at Warner Bros. Discovery would bring with them political experience and was a “big name out of the box.”

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