WarnerMedia Latin America has announced the departure of veteran executives Luis F. Peraza, who is president of networks for HBO Latin America, and Roberto Rios, who is vice president of original production for HBO Latin America. The duo will leave the company in the second half of February.
Peraza was part of the team that founded HBO Latin America and launched the service. He is responsible for the development of the first premium local content on the market. During his tenure, Peraza oversaw the production of more original content at HBO Latin America than any other premium subscription-based entertainment service in the region.
“Luis is an industry giant who has helped shape the media industry in Latin America,” said Whit Richardson, president of WarnerMedia Latin America. “We are deeply grateful for his leadership and his vision to bring HBO to the highest level of recognition in our region.”
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Peraza said: “I am very proud to have helped launch the service 30 years ago and to have shaped it to its current state… I am grateful to the many talented colleagues and colleagues who have joined this company. . I wish them the best to continue to position our company and our brand as favorites in the region.
Rios joined HBO in 1994 as head of programming. He was the first employee in Brazil, where he helped launch the business. Rios then took the helm of the original production, creating content that aired via HBO and Cinemax signals around the world. Over the past 27 years, Rios has also managed the acquisition of the broadcast rights to thousands of films and programs.
“Beto has helped HBO achieve many firsts in our region,” said Tomás Yankelevich, director of content, GE, WarnerMedia Latin America. “He laid the foundation for our business… and we want to recognize his passion and commitment to regional production in Latin America. We wish him good luck in his next phase and hope that we can continue to collaborate together in future projects.
“By providing a space where creative minds could show off new ideas, develop new formats and take creative risks to create stories that connect to audiences in the region,” said Rios, “I wanted to create an environment where the quality and creative freedom served as a magnet for talent. I feel very lucky to have helped HBO make a difference in the Latin American industry, and I will cherish these stories forever.