During his time at Warner Bros. Discovery’s scrappy Turner Sports division, Will Funk co-sponsored “The Match,” a new popular golf tournament, and directed the sale of March Madness, one of the best sports in the country. Now, he is waiting to try something new.
Funk, one of the world’s leading sports personalities, is leaving Turner to take over the presidency of Range Sports, a new sports-focused division of Range Media Partners, a talent management initiative founded last year under the leadership of the founder. and CAA alumni Peter Micelli. The company considers Steven A. Cohen’s Point72 Private-equity firm and A + E Networks as investors.
“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Will on various projects over the years, and each time, we understand why he is one of the most respected people in the world of Sports IP,” said Jack Whigham, co-founder at Range. . “Good performance, class and what they bring to the job is what we aspire to.”
Warner Bros. Discovery declined to comment.
Funk quits as Warner Bros. Discovery is keeping an eye on its sales staff, with many employees on the Warner side of the house worried about being fired and bought. But Funk is leaving on his own, sources say, and is eager to try his hand at advising Range Media customers on media freedom management and production and content management. He is also expected to keep his hand in the countries where he lives in Turner, which is a national aid. Range Sports hopes to represent leagues and venues to claim freedom, support and other opportunities to combine races. Funk will also be engaging with sports betting merchants, and in partnership with Point72 Ventures, Range Sports will provide support to grow and grow consumer sports businesses. Range Sports also hopes to represent existing and former athletes, aviation talent and coaches who specialize in commercial, TV / film, broadcasting and acclaim.
Funk, who joined Turner Sports in 2002 after cutting down trees in the NBA and Madison Square Garden, has helped oversee the marketing of popular sports items, including “NBA on TNT” and “MLB on TBS” as well as men’s basketball competitions. March Madness, by Warner Bros. Discovery shares the rights alongside Paramount Global.
“Working at Range Media is a dream come true and the next phase of my long career focused on providing sports equipment and skills with unique growth and distribution opportunities,” Funk said in a statement. “The products and businesses that Range has established as a leader in management and production are highly relevant to the game.”