Industry veteran Luis S. Peraza, president of networks for HBO Latin America, will depart at the end of February, WarnerMedia Latin America announced Thursday.
Peraza (pictured, left) is part of the founding team that launched HBO in Latin America in 1991 and is a pioneer of the local audiovisual industry. He was responsible for development of the first premium local content in the market, investing in original programming and discovering new talent.
Original content overseen by Peraza includes “Epitafios,” “Mandrake,” International Emmy winner “Sr. Avila,” International Emmy nominees “Sons of Carnival,” “Capadocia,” “Profugos,” “Psy,” and “The Bronze Garden,” as well as hundreds of hours of series, movies, documentaries and animation specials that were broadcast in Latin America and the rest of the world.
Peraza assumed the role of president of networks for HBO Latin America in 2014 and was responsible for overseeing original productions, content acquisitions, programming and on-air, creative services, consumer marketing and research, and communications for all owned and operated networks of the group.
Whit Richardson, president, WarnerMedia Latin America (pictured, right), said: “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.”
“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,” said Peraza. “I wish them the very best in continuing to position our company and our brand as a favorite in the region.”
Peraza will be leaving the company effective Feb. 28, 2021.
Elsewhere, Roberto Rios, corporate vice-president, original production at HBO Latin America, is also exiting, Variety has confirmed.