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Google's Hollywood man leaves for AOL

February 4, 2010 |  1:08 pm

David Eun, the executive who served as Google's ambassador to Hollywood's television and film community, is leaving the Internet search giant to join America Online.

Eun takes over March 1 as president of AOL Media and Studios, succeeding Bill Wilson, who will leave after nine years with the company. Eun will oversee AOL's 80 content sites, its new SEED publishing platform and studio operations.

"David brings an impressive breadth of media experience to AOL at an exciting juncture for our company," AOL Chairman and Chief Executive Tim Armstrong said in a statement.

The newly independent AOL is a work in progress, having been spun off in December by corporate parent Time Warner.

The once-dominant Internet access provider is struggling with declining ad revenue and subscribers -- although the dial-up access business is no longer its focus. Under Armstrong, AOL is attempting to shed its image of dot-com has-been and remake itself as as a sort of digital media powerhouse with content that attracts about 100 million monthly visitors.

Eun brings digital media cred to the struggling AOL. After all, he's the guy who helped bring Sony Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Lionsgate and Disney's ABC and ESPN to the onetime Hollywood bete noire, YouTube, by striking content deals for the online video site.

Google declined to make Eun available for an interview, but issued a statement thanking him for his work.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski

David Eun, Google's vice president of content partnerships, is seen in offices in Manhattan. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times