Tony Goncalves tapped to run AT&T’s Otter Media

Tony Goncalves, AT&T's DirecTV Now
Tony Goncalves (AT&T)

AT&T and Chernin Group joint video venture Otter Media has appointed veteran AT&T executive Tony Goncalves as its new CEO.

Goncalves jumps to the chief position at Otter Media after most recently serving as CEO of Digital Brands for AT&T, where he watched over Otter Media and led the strategy behind AT&T’s launch of DirecTV Now, its streaming TV service that surfaced in 2016. He’s also worked at DirecTV’s digital products division, which he founded, where he helped launch products including the OTT version of NFL Sunday Ticket.

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"Tony has been our partner on Otter Media for almost four years, and during that time, it was evident that he is a thoughtful, strategic executive who is hugely passionate about furthering the growth of one of the premier digital media companies," said Peter Chernin, chairman of Otter Media and CEO of The Chernin Group, in a statement. "Over the last six months, we started discussing having Tony join Otter full-time, and we are delighted that he has agreed to assume the role of CEO. We know he will apply his formidable talents to help us take this company to the next level."

"I'm honored to join Otter Media. I'm passionate about this company and industry segment, and I'm excited to work with the incredibly talented teams within Otter Media's portfolio at Ellation, Fullscreen, Rooster Teeth, Crunchyroll, VRV, Gunpowder & Sky and Hello Sunshine. Together, we'll expand Otter's leadership in the digital media space," said Goncalves. "These innovative companies have already hit impressive milestones. I look forward to building on this stellar foundation to create a scaled global, digital-first, fan-centric media company."