had the confidence to choose me."
Gilbert replaces Gary Credle, who was promoted to executive vice
president of administration and studio operations. Gilbert, who began his
new job Jan. 31, will continue to report to Credle.
Gilbert, who will manage operations on the studio's 110-acre lot and 35-acre ranch, said overseeing the transition to digital technology will
be a major responsibility.
Digital formats will give the studio more avenues to market movies,
television shows and other creative products, he said.
On Jan. 13, Warner Bros. parent corporation Time Warner Inc. announced
a $163-million mega-merger with America Online that would giving the
studio an Internet outlet for its shows.
Gilbert will spend most of his time on the studio lot -- where Warner
Bros. counts 35 sound stages, 12 post-production sound stages and 214
editing rooms -- 35 of which are digital.
Gilbert, who lives in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles, represents
the studio on the Chamber of Commerce board. He has worked for Warner
Bros. since 1990.