February 16, 2022
Dr. Gerhard “Jerry” Weber, who launched Warner Home Video in Germany in 1982 and later became one of the top directors of a home entertainment studio, died on January 11, just three days after his 86th birthday. His death was caused by complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
Weber resigned in 2002 as senior vice president, co-managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in London. He shared this position with Ron Sanders, who later headed Warner Home Video worldwide and eventually rose to become President of Warner Bros. Worldwide Theatrical Distribution and President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Weber is survived by his wife, Karin Müller-Weber; daughters Francis and Anne-Tess; and son Lucas. Catherine’s third daughter died in 2014.
Born in Stuttgart, Germany, on January 8, 1936, Weber began his career in 1956 at Siemens, a major German industrial company. He later was a project manager at Baumgartner, a business consulting firm, before moving into the entertainment industry in 1968 with the appointment of supervisor and chief financial officer of Liberty / United Artists Records in Munich. For three years he was promoted to managing director.
In 1972, Weber moved to Metronom Music GmbH in Hamburg, a subsidiary of Polygram, as Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director. After three years as Deputy Managing Director at Phonogram, another subsidiary of Polygram, Weber joined WEA Music Gmbh in January 1982, also in Hamburg, as Managing Director for Marketing and Sales, Music and Video. Until the end of the year, he was the managing director of the recently launched Warner Home Video in Germany.
Over the next 20 years, Weber held a number of increasingly responsible international positions in Warner Home Video. He served as chairman of the German trade association of the video industry Bundesverband Audiovisuelle Medien eV (BVV), which represented the interests of German as well as international program providers. He was also a teacher to veteran Warner Bros. Willie Geike, who spent 38 years in senior management positions and eventually rose to become the President and Managing Director of Warner Bros. Germany, Austria, Switzerland (GAS) and Poland, in this position he held until October 2020.
“Under his leadership, Jerry has developed an incredible management team that has helped run Warner Home Video Germany, one of the five major markets,” said Warren Liberfarb, president of Warner Home Video, which is recognized as the father of DVD. “He has continued to hold a number of management positions across Europe, and what distinguished him was his management style, proven leadership and deep knowledge of the market, product and industry.”
After retirement, Weber was a member of the advisory board of the famous real estate fund in Hamburg.
Weber’s wife, Catherine, recalls, “We loved to travel. We spent our holidays hiking or skiing in Switzerland, many times we visited London and Devon. Our last long trip was to Calgary to pick up Lucas in 2018 and make a round trip through the Rockies. Jerry always took care of us … He was a deeply caring husband and father. ”
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