Industry Moves: NBCU-NWS JV Gets CEO — Former Amazon Exec Jason Kilar


This just in … NewCo finally has a CEO. Former Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) exec Jason Kilar starts work July 9. Kilar was at Amazon for nearly a decade, writing the business plan (or says the release) for Amazon’s entry in to video and DVD sales. He served as VP/GM of that unit, VP/GM of Amazon’s North American media businesses, and as SVP-worldwide application software. In that last post, he reported to Jeff Bezos and dealt with media storage and serving, community, metadata, automated merchandising — aspects that could come in handy for a new company establishing a major online network and dealing with mass media distribution.

This job adds in the layer of working for two powerful media companies: the announcement today was made by News Corp (NSDQ: NWS). CEO Peter Chernin and NBCU (NSDQ: CMCSA) CEO Jeff Zucker.

Maybe now the company will get a name and with it a brand, marketing and all that jazz. Another missing piece: private equity investors willing to put in $100 million on a $1 billion valuation, a mission we first reported on last month.



Hashim – At one time, Kilar headed the division that sells DVDs and music, which was a great success and I don't believe he worked on the entry into digital downloading of video (Unbox) as he was SVP of worldwide application software at the time…


But video product sucks. How can he be a good choice?

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