By Sahil Patel
Universal Pictures has named Michael Wise its new SVP and chief technology officer.
In the role, Wise will oversee tech strategy and operations at Universal, working alongside Steve Lapinski, Universal’s SVP and CIO of film and West Coast television. Based in LA, he will report to Peter Levinsohn, president and chief distribution officer at Universal Pictures.
“Michael’s proven leadership and ability to work across multiple platforms have led to new innovative technologies that consumers use every day,” said Levinsohn in a statement. “We will benefit greatly from his fresh perspective and approach as the industry continues to embrace advancements in the digital space.”
Wise comes to Universal from Turner Broadcasting, where he was VP of multi-platform distribution technologies. In that capacity, he oversaw the development of online video players and delivery systems for TBS, including the network’s TV Everywhere platforms. He also led the technical architecture and industry outreach work for Turner’s TV Everywhere and CNN Go initiatives.