Tsujihara Names New Warner Bros. Executive Team24 Jun, 2013 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Former home entertainment executive now heading Warner Bros. revamps executive team following departure of Jeff Robinov
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara June 24 named a new executive team to help guide the studio following the departure of longtime leader Jeff Robinov.
Sue Kroll has been promoted to president of worldwide marketing and international distribution at Warner Bros. Pictures; Greg Silverman will now serve as president of creative development and worldwide production with Warner Bros. Pictures; and Toby Emmerich will continue as president and COO of New Line Cinema, while adding responsibility for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.
Dan Fellman, whose contract was extended, will continue as president of domestic distribution, until his planned retirement, reporting directly to Tsujihara.
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will continue as president of international distribution, and ultimately will assume responsibility for worldwide distribution after Fellman retires.
Kwan Vandenberg will report to Kroll who, in addition to her marketing and distribution responsibilities, will continue to be involved in all aspects of Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema releases.
“Warner Bros. is the world’s preeminent motion picture studio with one of the most talented executive benches in the industry,” Tsujihara said in a statement. “Collectively, this team has more than 100 years at the company and broad experience across the film business, which will ensure that Warner Bros. Pictures continues as a respected leader in production, marketing and global distribution. I have every confidence that we will continue to deliver the industry’s most compelling, popular and successful movies.”
Robinov’s departure followed Bruce Rosenblum, head of Warner Bros. Television, who together with Tsujihara formed an executive triumvirate reporting to Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.
Bewkes named Tsujihara CEO of Warner Bros., which triggered the departures of Rosenblum and Robinov.
“This marks an exciting new chapter in the storied history of Warner Bros. Pictures,” Barry Meyer, chairman of Warner Bros., said in a statement. “We are in the midst of another terrific year, and our film division will continue to thrive well into the future under this realigned organization.”