Kevin Tsujihara Named CEO Of WARNER BROS.

Remember that article a few months back about the divisiveness at Warner Bros. Studios? Things appear to be righting themselves as Kevin Tsujihara has been announced as the lead figure at the movie studio.

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By Mark Julian - 1/28/2013


Kevin Tsujihara was just announced as the next CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. He will assume the position March 1. Former CEO Barry Meyer will remain as chairman through 2013.

The competition for the leadership position atop Warner Bros. was cited as a significant factor in the studio's inability to get a Justice League movie and other DC Comics properties up and running for feature film adaptations. It was thought that Motion Pictures Group President Jeff Robinov weighed taking risks with superhero films too risky after the lack of success with Green Lantern and wished to prevent any failures while he was a contender for the CEO position. Now that Home Entertainment Group President Kevin Tsujihara has assumed the role we could see more risk-taking and development from WB, particularly on the superhero front. Although, the other side to that earlier discussion was that if Robinov didn't get the position he could decide to leave the studio. We'll have to wait and see how the recent hiring effects the Motion Pictures Group. Overall, even if Robinov leaves, I'd have to say this is a positive as there's now a clear-cut leader atop WB. Television Group President Bruce Rosenblum was also up for the position.


Here's the official Press Release:
Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX) Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes and Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer today announced that Kevin Tsujihara will become the next Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Mr. Tsujihara will become CEO beginning March 1, 2013, succeeding Mr. Meyer, who will remain as Chairman through 2013.

In making the announcement Mr. Bewkes said, “Kevin is one of the most effective and respected executives within Time Warner, and the right leader to ensure Warner Bros.’ preeminence into the future. He brings the perfect combination of strategic thinking, financial discipline, digital vision, and management style to build on Warner Bros.’ track record of success under Barry Meyer.”

Mr. Meyer added, “In working with Kevin for nearly 20 years, I’ve come to know and value a talented executive with a passion for this company and its people. He has skillfully guided one of the most complex businesses at Warner Bros. during a time of transition in the home entertainment sector, and has a deep appreciation and respect for the films and TV shows we create. Kevin has a rare combination of extraordinary business acumen and a love for the art of storytelling, and I’m confident he will be a great leader for Warner Bros.”

Over the next several months, Mr. Meyer and Mr. Tsujihara will work together with other members of Warner Bros. senior executive team, including Warner Bros. Television President Bruce Rosenblum and Warner Bros. Pictures President Jeff Robinov, to ensure an orderly transition.

As President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group since 2005, Mr. Tsujihara currently oversees the company’s home video, digital distribution, videogames, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations.

Mr. Tsujihara said, “It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this storied business. We’re at a pivotal moment in the histories of Hollywood and entertainment: technology is changing the canvas we use to create theatrical releases; home entertainment is rapidly evolving; and the definition of television now includes viewing across a wide range of devices and services. But in my mind one thing remains clear and constant: Warner Bros.’ unmatched ability to tell stories that inspire, educate, and entertain global audiences. We are extremely fortunate to have strong relationships with some of the industry’s most gifted talent and together we will continue to use those relationships, our scale, and our passion to build on Warner Bros. great legacy.”

Mr. Tsujihara joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director, Special Projects, Finance to assist in the management of the company’s interest in Six Flags. Across his nearly two decades with the company he has served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment and, Executive Vice President, New Media, responsible for the oversight of all Warner Bros.’ new media endeavors.

Mr. Tsujihara received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and his MBA from Stanford University. He sits on the Board of Directors for the MPAA, City Year Los Angeles, an education focused, nonprofit organization, the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, Kabam, the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation, and the Entertainment Software Association.

About Time Warner Inc.
Time Warner Inc., a global leader in media and entertainment with businesses in television networks, film and TV entertainment and publishing, uses its industry-leading operating scale and brands to create, package and deliver high-quality content worldwide through multiple distribution outlets.

About Warner Bros. Entertainment
Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based Studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to Blu-ray and DVD, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing and broadcasting.


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JDUKE25 - 1/28/2013, 10:03 AM
To do list: Justice League movie

Step 1: Ensure a Justice League movie is put in to development and seen through.

Step 2: Be sure Justice League is made.

Step 3: Seriously, make sure it's made.

Step 4: repeat step 3 until movie is completed.
TheDARKestKNIGHT - 1/28/2013, 10:13 AM
This^^^^^!!!!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 1/28/2013, 10:28 AM
I hope he postpones JL.
Super12 - 1/28/2013, 10:30 AM
Lol @ Jduke

No but seriously, that should be the entire docket for their next meeting.
BlackIceJoe - 1/28/2013, 10:31 AM
Well congratulations on becoming CEO. Now you just have to make sure JL turns out great. So make the team seven team members not five. Also green light Del Toro's Dark Universe. I want to see what happens with those DC characters.
DrDoom - 1/28/2013, 10:32 AM
Does Kevin like Wonder Woman?
Marqy47 - 1/28/2013, 10:35 AM
On the picture, the guys left eye is significantly smaller than the other , once I noticed it I cant unnotice it .. its freaky
Nemeres - 1/28/2013, 10:49 AM
I read that the incessant feud between these morons - Tsujihara, Rosenblum and Robinov, all fighting for the seat of CEO - was what was keeping the WB projects from thriving as well as they should. Maybe now things will finally pick up in the DC films department.
JoeMomma29 - 1/28/2013, 10:52 AM
LOL at venom!!!
JULEZ13 - 1/28/2013, 10:57 AM
I agree with @LEVITIKUZ!!!

This new guy has a great opportunity to put WB back on the map and put them right up there with Disney!!

TO DO LIST FOR THE NEXT DECADE AND BEYOND:

PHASE 1:

1- JUSTICE LEAGUE
2- MOS2
3- BATMAN REBOOT
4- GREEN LANTERN REBOOT
5- WONDER WOMAN MOVIE!!!! (WOMEN WANT IT, MEN WANT IT: GET IT DONE!!!!)
6- FLASH MOVIE

PHASE 2:

7- JUSTICE LEAGUE 2 (including Aquaman and MM)
8- MOS2
9- AQUAMAN
10- WONDER WOMAN 2
11- BATMAN 2
12- GL 2
13- MM MOVIE
14- FLASH 2

PHASE 3:

15- JUSTICE LEAGUE 3 (Introduce Hawkman)
16- MOS 3
17- BATMAN 3
18- WW 3
19- FLASH 2
20- AQUAMAN 2
21- HAWKMAN MOVIE
22- GL 3 (FULL ON WAR WITH SINESTRO CORPS OR ANOTHER BIG WAR)

PHASE 4:

23- JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (Showing a bunch of new superheroes like in the cartoon with a focus on SHAZAM as the new member.)
24- SHAZAM!!!!!!

ETC.

There is no shortage of projects here! Enough material to come out with until you retire and pass the torch!!
FightAs0ne - 1/28/2013, 11:21 AM
[frick] that rumor that came out! You already have the lineup for the movie DC, don't deter from it. Don't get loads of people into the New 52, and then not put the characters in the movie. (Aquaman and Cyborg)
Kjo0212 - 1/28/2013, 11:31 AM
Julez I agree but you put mos 2 on there twice and I don't believe everyone needs a trilogy but I love the rest of your plan
JULEZ13 - 1/28/2013, 12:04 PM
@Kjo0212 - Thanks!

Oh, lol, I didn't realize that! Well then I guess MOS 3 will be during Phase 2, if the series has room to continue then MOS 4 during Phase 4, or a World's Finest movie, I should've included that lol.

I think the main 5 need trilogies to show their importance and they have the most stories to tell IMO. But it also depends on each characters popularity after the release of JL.
DarkGrifter - 1/28/2013, 12:10 PM
I guess there was never any chance of Diane Nelson getting the job. I remember Diane (or someone) saying they may walk out if they were not chosen for the position, either way we could see considerable changes in how Warner Bros handles DC entertainment.
thebearjew - 1/28/2013, 12:19 PM
DO A GOD DAM JL MOVIE ALREADY AND PUT YOUNG JUSTICE N GL ANIMATED SERIES BACK. DUMMB [frick]S .... DUMB DUMB
alamborn19 - 1/28/2013, 12:33 PM

@JULEZ13-blackest night big screen for GL3
SuperPickle - 1/28/2013, 1:08 PM
All WB has been able to pull off in the past several years is prove that their head honchos are fricking retarded. These ass-hats couldn't make a decent film franchise even if the greatest writers and producers on the planet did it for them for free.

They are utter idiots who haven't a clue how to do any of this. They are sheltered, out of touch with their audiences, and ignorant as all hell as the their properties' potential.

Maybe this new guy will get the ball rolling in the right direction, but somehow I doubt it. As screwed up an organization as WB is, all him being in charge proves is that he's an even bigger shithead who they all thought was CEO material.

A bunch of shitheads do NOT produce a leader who isn't also a shithead.

Case in point, all congressional and presidential elections in the past 20 years.

Want to fix it?

FIRE EVERYBODY and start over. These people are dumbasses, pure and simple. Time for a system flush.
StrangerX - 1/28/2013, 1:14 PM
I have a feeling this new CEO is the reason i'm pissed about all my shows
Superheromovies2000 - 1/28/2013, 1:20 PM
Uhhhh ummmm get moving on the MOS trilogy!!! Then everything else comes later!!
Dev7 - 1/28/2013, 2:12 PM
I know you can't judge a book by it's cover, but the image of this guy looks like he means business. One of the reasons I think JL won't be made but avenues may be open for other solo characters.
DanteSparda - 1/28/2013, 3:19 PM
To do list:

Create a small studio incorporated to WB that focuses only on DC movies.


Not to do list:

Hire a cool director (like Martin Campbell) to helm a super hero he doesn't understands.
AnotherSinisterClone - 1/28/2013, 3:29 PM
is this asshole the reason young justice was cancelled???
BlueDemon - 1/28/2013, 3:36 PM
lol What a mess...I wonder who's worse, WB or Fox?
KeefNCookies - 1/28/2013, 3:46 PM
They really shouldve taken risks with GL. More space, more corps, less dumb@$$ people. Best of luck KT
SugarYumYum - 1/28/2013, 4:53 PM
I'm.... cautiously optimistic. VERY cautiously.
mgeoff88 - 1/28/2013, 6:29 PM
I hope this finally means big changes over at Warner Bros.

We should've already had a Wonder Woman and Flash movie by now!
Drake09 - 1/28/2013, 7:10 PM
As long as a Nightwing movie gets made I don't give a shit.
SunfireUrA55 - 1/29/2013, 6:35 AM
Good! Now get more Asian American actors out there (NO martial arts expert).
And get us Asian Male SUPERHEROES that are NOT martial art experts damn it!

But then again, never mind he might be White wash too like the rest of the comic book artist idiots like Jim Lee and the rest of the clowns.

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