Warner Bros. Pictures President Jeff Robinov Quits
Ever since an October 2012 in depth report from the LA Times on the tumultuous state of affairs at Warner Bros., there's been much speculation on how the film studio's inner turmoil affects their plans moving forward for Justice League and other DC Comics adaptations.
Deadline reports that current "Warner Bros. Pictures Group President" Jeff Robinov has quit amid reported tension between he and newly appointed "Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO" Kevin Tsujihara. If you recall, Robinov, then "Home Entertainment Group President" Tsujihara and "Television Group President" Bruce Rosenblum were all vying for departing CEO Barry Meyer's position. In the end, Tsujihara won out over his peers and in the aftermath, Rosenblum was pushed out and many have speculated for weeks about whether a similar fate awaited Robinov. It appears Robinov was tired of waiting himself, as his contract with the film studio is set to expire in December and contract negotiations were reported to be non-existant. Unlike his predecessor, Meyer, Tsujihara is reportedly very active in the film department of "Warner Bros." where Robinov was previously given free reign; combined with rumblings of the cold-shoulder he's given Robinov it's really no wonder why one of the most powerful film executives in the world decided to pack it in and call it a day.
It was reported previously that while the nearly three-year-succession was being hotly contested, the energies directed there slowed development on a "Flash" movie. There's also the matter of "Warner Bros.'" current negotiations with "Legendary Pictures", the smaller film studio who co-produces and co-finances the studio's "DC Comics" superhero adaptations. Robinov was reported to have a contentious relationship with Legendary CEO Thomas Tull so his exit could actually prove a boon in those negotiations.
Robinov has enjoyed much success in other genres, but it's recent reports that he was spearheading the company's superhero movement that should be cause for concern. Robinov was a strong supporter of Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" and went on record to state that by the time the film finished its theatrical run, it would be the studio's "most lucrative film" to date. He also stated that "Man of Steel" would spearhead a new "DC Cinematic Universe". With Robinov's imminent departure and Tsujihara poised to assume many of his duties, it's currently unclear what WB's intentions for superhero theatrics are outside of a sequel to "Man of Steel."
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