Warner Brothers' "next gen guru" Steve Nickerson, Senior Vice President of Market Management for Warner Home Video, has announced that he will step down from his position shortly.
Nickerson has been a strong proponent for the studio's dual-format stance. He has been a regular speaker at industry trade shows and conferences, where he championed the studio's dual-format approach as giving the consumer the ultimate choice and the studio a chance to maximize revenue from high-def discs.
Coming only days after Paramount announced that it would return to backing HD-DVD exclusively, news of Nickerson's exit is already causing speculation that perhaps Warner -- the biggest and last format-neutral major studio -- is close to changing its stance and choosing one HD format.
Note: This news is a confirmation of an early rumor and clarification of Nickerson's HD format stance.