After six years leading the company, Kevin Tsujihara is out as the chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey released a statement today explaining the decision: “It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”
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In the mid-to-late 2000s, Warner Bros. couldn’t be stopped. They were releasing hit after hit – big moneymakers like Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, the Harry Potter movies, and The Hangover, branding themselves as a filmmaker-friendly studio that would foster creativity and support directors in their visions. Compare that with, say, the colossal behind-the-scenes mess associated with Suicide Squad, and it’s clear that something changed.
But the studio hopes to return to those golden days, and they’re going to do it by focusing on making good movies instead of getting caught up in how much one of their DC superhero films connects with another. Read a new quote from WB head Kevin Tsujihara below, which also includes his desire to make more Mad Max and The Matrix films.
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A big portion of the Warner Bros presentation at this year’s movie exhibitor gathering CinemaCon was dedicated to the company’s commitment to the future of the DC movie universe. Warner Bros. head Kevin Tsujihara affirmed they are still on board to release at least 10 DC Comics movie adaptations over the next five years. Additionally, he seemed to confirm rumors that Ben Affleck will be directing a solo Batman movie.
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The battle between DC and Marvel is eternal. First it was in the comic shop, then it was on the Internet and most recently, it’s on the big screen. In 2016, it’s really going to explode when the DC movie universe expands with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel starts Phase Three of their cinematic universe, with Captain America: Civil War.
Now, it seems, the battlefields are being drawn in the board rooms as well. In a new interview, the Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara differentiated between the Marvel and DC brands by saying “The worlds of DC are very different. They’re steeped in realism, and they’re a little bit edgier than Marvel’s movies.” Oh snap. Read the DC vs Marvel movie quote below. Read More »