Warner Bros. has announced that Jeff Junge is their new senior vice president for business management of Warner Bros. Entertainment Group.
You’re probably saying: whowhathuhwhat? Don’t worry, I got you covered.
Junge was part of the team that helped DC with its acquisition of Midway’s game library — including franchises like Mortal Kombat and SpyHunter — as well as TT Games, the masterminds behind the Lego Batman game. (This means that, yes, if they so chose, we could have a regular TV series of Batman whupping up on Sub-Zero if they so chose.)
Yet they mention something really interesting in the press release, that makes Junge even more of an important figure — that he facilitated WB’s investment in OnLive, a videogame on demand service that will debut in the fall. Now this — THIS — is a big deal, because it could certainly horn in on businesses like Blockbuster, which allows for easy and cheaper one-stop-shopping for movies and games, and Gamefly, which is generally more expensive but more user friendly than Blockbuster. If you’re only planning on playing a game for a brief period, like if friends are over, this could be a game-changer.
“Jeff is a tremendous asset to the Studio and has been a key contributor to the success of many of the Company’s major initiatives,” said Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Entertainment, in a release. “He is a strategic thinker, has exceptional insight into the deal making process and is a tireless worker. Jeff’s expertise will be critical as we continue to expand our business and explore new opportunities.”