Roberto Ríos and Luis F. Peraza
WarnerMedia Latin America announced that Roberto Rios, Corporate Vice President of Original Production for HBO Latin America, will be leaving the company effective February 20, 2021; and Luis F. Peraza, President of Networks for HBO Latin America, will do the same effective February 28, 2021.
Rios joined HBO in 1994 as a programming executive and the first employee in Brazil, where he helped launch the company locally. He later assumed the role of Vice President of Acquisitions and Programming, and went on to become Head of Original Production for the brand in the region. Over the past 27 years, he managed and participated in the acquisition of broadcasting rights for thousands of films and programs, as well as in the production of over 800 hours of local original content that aired via the HBO and Cinemax signals throughout Latin America and the rest of the world.
“Beto has helped HBO achieve many firsts in our region, and his contributions to the industry are memorable. He has laid the groundwork for our company to continue to build upon, and we want to recognize his passion and commitment to the regional production in Latin America. We wish him all the best in his next phase and hope we can continue to collaborate together in future projects,” commented Tomás Yankelevich, Chief Content Officer, GE, WarnerMedia Latin America.
“By providing the space where creative minds could show fresh ideas, develop new formats, and take creative risks to build stories that connect to the audience in the region, I wanted to create an environment where quality and creative freedom served as a magnet for talent, attracting some of the best actors, screenwriters, directors and production companies to partner with us. I feel very fortunate to have helped HBO make a difference in the Latin American industry, and will treasure these stories forever,” Roberto Rios declared.
Peraza, on the other hand, is part of the founding team that launched HBO in Latin America in 199, and is a pioneer of the audiovisual industry in the region, having been responsible for the development of the first premium local content in the market, investing in original programming and discovering new talent. In 2014, Peraza assumed the role of President of Networks for HBO Latin America and was responsible for overseeing Original Productions, Content Acquisitions, Programming and On-Air, Creative Services, Consumer Marketing and Research, and Communications for all owned or operated networks of the group.
“Luis is an industry giant who helped shape the Latin American media business. We are deeply thankful for his leadership and his vision to bring HBO to the highest levels of recognition in our region,” said Whit Richardson, President of WarnerMedia Latin America.
“As a member of the founding team of HBO in Latin America, I am very proud to have helped launch the service 30 years ago and shaped it to its current state. This has been such a great journey, and I am thankful to so many talented co-workers and colleagues who have joined in this enterprise. I wish them the very best in continuing to position our company and our brand as a favorite in the region,” Luis Peraza concluded.