Warner Bros. Names Ballard As VP

Burbank-based Warner Bros. said Monday that it has named Thomas Ballard, most recently CEO of Santa Monica-based Transpera, as Senior Vice President of Digital Games. According to Warner, Ballard will head up both its Warner Bros. Digital Distribution and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment businesses. Warner said that Ballard will oversee business and strategy behind the studio's digital games business worldwide, including heading up Turbine, Inc. Ballard has also served as president and CEO of Glu Mobile, and has served at SONICblue, (now, 3Dfx, Warner Custom Music, Capcom, and Digital Pictures. Warner said Ballard continues to serve as Chairman of the board at Transpera. Transpera has not announced who is taking over the CEO role for the firm, and still lists Ballard as CEO; Ballard had only joined Transpera in June.