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Warner Bros Announces New Leadership Team; Kroll And Silverman To Run Studio, Emmerich Stays Put, Fellman Extended

By | Monday June 24, 2013 @ 9:36am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: WARNER BROS SHAKE-UP: Jeff Robinov Quitting Movie Studio After No New Contract Offered And New Boss and Ex-Pal Kevin Tsujihara’s War Of Silence

(June 24, 2013 – Burbank, CA) Warner Bros. Entertainment today announced a new leadership team to run Warner Bros. Pictures Group, capitalizing on the proven strengths of a number of longtime Studio executives. Sue Kroll will now serve as President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures; Greg Silverman will now serve as President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Toby Emmerich will continue as President and COO, New Line Cinema, while adding responsibility for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, CEO, Warner Bros., to whom all three executives will report.

Working closely with the management team, Dan Fellman, whose contract has been extended, will continue in his role as President, Domestic Distribution, reporting directly to Tsujihara. Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will continue as President, International Distribution, and ultimately assume responsibility for worldwide distribution, taking on the domestic distribution function upon the planned retirement of Fellman. 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’s releases.

“Warner Bros. is the world’s preeminent motion picture studio with one of the most talented executive benches in the industry,” said Tsujihara. “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.”

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Beau Flynn Makes New First-Look Producing Deal At New Line

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After splitting up with Contrafilm partner Tripp Vinson in June following a decade-long partnership, Beau Flynn has formed a new company, Flynn Picture Co. He hasn’t strayed far from home. Flynn has made a two-year, non-exclusive, first-look producing deal with Toby Emmerich and New Line Cinema, which was home to Contrafilm for over seven years. Flynn is in the process of staffing up and has taken new office space in Hollywood. Among the pictures he’s producing: Journey 2: The Mysterious Island with Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson and Michael Caine for New Line and Warner Bros; Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton for Paramount; and the Anna Faris-Chris Evans-starrer What’s Your Number, the Fox/New Regency comedy that will be released Sept. 30. He’s also got the long-gestating Chris Hemsworth-starrer Red Dawn, which was made by MGM but which is closing on a new distribution deal.

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TOLDJA! James Nesbitt Lands ‘The Hobbit’

Mike Fleming

LOS ANGELES November 1, 2010 – British actor James Nesbitt (Millions and TV’s Cold Feet), is the latest actor to join the ensemble cast of The Hobbit, it was jointly announced today by New Line Cinema, Warner Bros, and MGM.
Nesbitt will play Bofur, a disarmingly forthright, funny and occasionally brave Dwarf. “James’s charm, warmth and wit are legendary as is his range as an actor in both comedic and dramatic roles. We feel very lucky to be able to welcome him as one of our cast,” said director Peter Jackson. Newcomer Adam Brown will play Ori, another of the Dwarf Company which sets out to reclaim the Lonely Mountain from the infamous dragon, Smaug.

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New Liners Worse Off Than We Thought?

Yesterday may have been a Blacker Monday than I or anyone reported. A soon-to-be-ex-New Liner tells me, “We were told in our pre-meetings yesterday that there were 575 NewLiners being let go. They have still not circulated a list of the folks being kept at the new New Line. Some are being kept into the summer and even the fall to  wrap up books and records and such…” Meanwhile, are there even a dozen people (aka sycophants) who think Toby Emmerich deserves to stay on? I say he’s a short-timer.

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    Yes, Emmerich Will Run “New” New Line: But The Real Question Is Why?

    Warner Bros will make the official announcement that Toby Emmerich is New Line Cinema’s president/COO by the end of this week. But in Hollywood, people are scratching their heads. Because wasn’t Toby one of the main reasons New Line went bad? I hear Alan Horn wanted him to stay for continuity. Lots of rumors are flying, including this: that it would have been expensive to buy Emmerich out of his contract. Warner Bros insiders say his contract would have been up at the end of 2008 so how expensive could it be? Someone I respect just emailed me that Toby has been a “very positive force at what otherwise might be described as a dysfunctional company. He has great relationships, has the ‘corporate memory’, is the perfect guy to shepherd sequels to the crown jewels (Austin Powers, Rush Hour, Wedding Crashers, Hobbit, etc.), and is an all around great guy. You can’t blame him for projects initiated and/or decisions made by his bosses.” Why, of course I can.
    I still say: get rid of him.

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