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Based on seating arrangements, those expected at the event include NBC Universal’s Jeff Shell and Ron Meyer, NBC’s Robert Greenblatt and Paramount’s Rob Moore, who were assigned seats in the second row off to the left of a stage arranged under oak trees on the campus. Behind them in the third row were spots for Sony’s Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, Jeffrey Katzenberg, political adviser Andy Spahn, Mellody Hobson, MPAA chairman Chris Dodd, CBS’s Leslie Moonves, Warner Bros.’ Kevin Tsujihara, Lionsgate’s Jon Feltheimer and Fox’s Peter Rice and Jim Gianopulos. Also in a special VIP area were Los Angeles film czar Tom Sherak as well as such elected officials as Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif. »
- Ted Johnson
President Barack Obama’s poll numbers may be down, but he’s still a big draw in Hollywood. The commander-in-chief hit the City of Angels for a pair of tony fundraisers where the guests included Diane Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson and his wife Zoe, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Motown founder Berry Gordy, music producer Clarence Avant, Paul Reiser, Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, and philanthropist Eli Broad. Tickets for the congressional fundraisers Monday – jointly sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — cost up to $16,200 a ticket. At the. »
- Ira Teinowitz
Hollywood's Democratic heavy hitters kicked off California Gov. Jerry Brown's re-election campaign with a fundraiser that netted $2 million in Bel-Air on Thursday night, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. A who's who list of entertainment industry donors gathered at Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn and wife Cindy's home. The co-hosts include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, the MPAA's Chris Dodd, Fox's Jim Gianopulos, Paramount's Brad Grey, Sony's Michael Lynton, Universal's Ron Meyer and Warner Bros.' Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara. Each has pledged to give or raise $54,400 for Brown's campaign. Tickets ranged from
- Tina Daunt
Governor Jerry Brown talked about the promise of California and played up the state’s economic comeback during a campaign fundraiser Thursday at Disney Studio boss Alan Horn’s Bel-Air home. A mostly industry crowd of about 100 including Robert Downey Jr. and Larry Flynt turned out for the 6:30-8:15 Pm event, which was put on by a Hollywood political patrician guard. Co-hosts included Jeffrey Katzenberg, Warner Bros’ Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara, Fox’s Jim Gianopulos, Universal’s Ron Meyer, Paramount’s Brad Grey, Sony’s Michael Lynton and MPAA chief Chris Dodd as well as Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, though Geffen didn’t attend. All of the co-hosts had pledged to raise $54,440 each for Brown’s re-election campaign next year. Tickets for the event went from $1,000 to mogul-level $27,200. Details are sketchy about the exact ... Read More » »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Hollywood's Democratic heavy hitters are coming out early to signal their serious commitment to California Gov. Jerry Brown's re-election. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Cindy and Alan Horn, along with a who's who of entertainment industry donors, will kick off Brown's re-election campaign with a fundraising reception and cocktail party at their Bel-Air mansion. The co-hosts include Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, the MPAA's Chris Dodd, Fox's Jim Gianopulos, Paramount's Brad Grey, Sony's Michael Lynton, Universal's Ron Meyer and Warner Bros.' Barry Meyer and Kevin Tsujihara. Each has pledged to give or raise $54,400
- Tina Daunt
Sherak is the high-profile figure that Garcetti promised he would appoint to lobby Sacramento and promote production in Los Angeles.
“Tom will lead our campaign for production incentives in Sacramento and is empowered to work across city departments to make L.A. the best possible location for production,” Garcetti said in a statement.
Sherak said, “I look forward to helping Mayor Garcetti stop runaway production, increase state production tax credits and city City Hall red tape.”
Sherak was previously president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and currently is a consultant for Skydance Productions, One Three Media and other entertainment companies. He was a partner at Revolution Films, and consulted for Marvel Studios on films such as “Iron Man.” He served as »
- Rachel Abrams
Michael Lynton is the latest high-profile Hollywood name to join up with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. The CEO of Sony Entertainment has been appointed to the school’s Board Of Councilors, which deal with planning and development and maybe most importantly fundraising efforts. Lynton, who went to Harvard, joins board members including chairman Frank Price, Frank Biondi Jr, Barry Diller, Lee Gabler, David Geffen, Brian Grazer, Brad Grey, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Alan Levine, George Lucas, Don Mattrick, Bill M. Mechanic, Barry Meyer, Sidney Poitier, John Riccitiello, Barney Rosenzweig, Scott Sassa, Steven Spielberg, John Wells, Jim Wiatt, Paul Junger Witt, and Robert Zemeckis. Said Price in a statement today: “The Board of Councilors works in the interest of Sca’s students, who will be the future leaders of our industry. Michael is actively working on laying the groundwork for that future, and he will use his expertise to support the »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Building brand awareness is something with which Diane Nelson, named president of the newly formed DC Entertainment in 2009, is quite familiar, having managed Warner Bros.’ highly successful “Harry Potter” franchise. Now, as Nelson figures out how to get the core Justice League characters — Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern and Cyborg — onto the bigscreen, and how to grow their presence through comicbooks, toys, videogames and other spinoffs, she’s also raised the superheroes’ profiles by enlisting them to be the face of a good cause.
For two years, DC has turned to the Justice League to promote We Can Be Heroes, a campaign dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the hunger and drought crisis in the Horn of Africa. The effort has exceeded expectations, Nelson said, raising more than $2.3 million since early last year, primarily by auctioning off art, collectibles and experiences on crowdfunding site Indie–gogo, »
- Carole Horst and Marc Graser
After weeks of internet rumblings and grumblings over his murky future, Jeff Robinov officially parted ways with Warner Bros., where he’d been president of the studio’s Pictures Group for the last seven years, guiding the development of blockbusters like The Dark Knight, Man of Steel, and last year’s Oscar-winner, Argo. Monday’s Warner Bros. press release made no mention of its deposed executive, choosing instead to herald its new leadership team of Sue Kroll, Greg Silverman, and Toby Emmerich, a triumvirate that will report to Kevin Tsujihara, who became CEO in January after an intense competition with »
- Jeff Labrecque
Monday morning’s announcement that the Warner Bros. movie studio is now going to be run by a three-member committee is a unique arrangement that consolidates power in the hands of newly minted Warner Bros. chief executive Kevin Tsujihara — with a significant number of direct reports.
In a major departure from the way the Burbank studio has operated in the past, Tsujihara’s new management structure will give him direct say-so over key decisions including which projects receive the green light.
The studio would not comment Monday on who has the final word. Just-departed motion picture group president Jeff Robinov held that authority, as did his former boss, studio president Alan Horn before he was pushed out in 2011. While Warner Bros. will continue to have a greenlight committee composed of top production, marketing and and distribution executives, the buck had previously stopped with the one overseeing the movie group.
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros. film chief Jeff Robinov has left the studio and will be replaced by a trio of executives: Sue Kroll, who will run marketing and distribution; Greg Silverman, who will run production; and Toby Emmerich, who retains his role running New Line. The studio announced the new structure in a news release on Monday, while Warner's Chairman Barry Meyer and CEO Kevin Tsujihara sent a memo to studio staff, posted below. The change caps months of tension between Robinov and Tsujihara, who was promoted to CEO above the studio chief, leaving »
- Lucas Shaw & Sharon Waxman
The announcement came Monday following heavy speculation that Robinov would follow former colleague, Warner Bros. Television Group chief Bruce Rosenblum, out the door — even though the film studio has seen a strong launch for “Man of Steel,” which has grossed nearly $400 million in less than two weeks.
Robinov, who had held the post since 2007, will be replaced by a three-person team — production president Greg Silverman, marketing chief Sue Kroll and New Line chief TobyEmmerich. That trio will report directly to Warner CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
See Also: WB Legal Team Strategizing Robinov’s Exit
Kroll and Silverman were given new titles. Kroll is president of worldwide marketing and international distribution and Silverman becomes president of creative development and worldwide production.
Emmerich will continue as New »
- Dave McNary
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 »
Update: Warner Bros. lawyers are trying to figure out how to proceed with the impending exit of Jeff Robinov, according to a person close to the studio. The legal team is evaluating what it would cost to fire the 54-year-old executive versus crafting a more amicable parting which would mean a smaller settlement. Another source familiar with the charged atmosphere in Burbank, characterized the current situation as “untenable” — which hopefully means a resolution will come quickly. It’s clearly clean-the- slate time under newly minted chief executive Kevin Tsujihara, who is about to replicate on the movie side the kind of management shift he made just weeks ago in the TV division.
As expected, the parties will likely part company in coming weeks.
However, Robinov has not resigned his post as president of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, »
- Rachel Abrams and Claudia Eller
Now that Warner Bros.’ television and home entertainment divisions have been re-aligned, all eyes are focused on whether newly installed CEO Kevin Tsujihara will implement a similar management shakeup at the studio’s motion picture operation.
The fate of the movie group’s top executive, Jeff Robinov, is on the minds of those both inside and outside the Burbank lot. Despite his skills as a seasoned creative executive and a summer lineup of potential blockbusters that’s the envy of his rivals, Robinov, 54, has made some major missteps that raise questions about his leadership.
When he learned in late January that he hadn’t landed the CEO job at Warner Bros., the executive did something unthinkable: He yelled at and hung up the phone on his boss, Barry Meyer, after the WB honcho delivered the bad news to him the night before the announcement of Tsujihara’s promotion was made public. »
- Claudia Eller
Following an announcement earlier this week that Warner Bros. is overhauling its television and home video operations, exiting Warner Bros. Television Group CEO, Bruce Rosenblum sent a memo to his colleagues expressing his pride in his team's accomplishments and gratitude to long-time boss Barry Meyer. He did not mention Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who took the reins from Meyer a few months ago after a protracted "bake-off" between Rosenblum, Tsujihara and film studio head Jeff Robinov. The memo follows: Dear Warner Bros. Television Group Colleagues, It is with a heavy heart that »
- Jethro Nededog
The curtain has come down on Bruce Rosenblum’s quarter-century on the Warner Bros. lot.
The longtime Warner Bros. TV Group topper bid farewell to the studio’s TV staffers with a heartfelt memo that expresses gratitude to former WB chairman-ceo Barry Meyer but makes no mention of his successor, Kevin Tsujihara.
Rosenblum’s final bow comes two days after WB unveiled a management overhaul of its TV and home entertainment operations. His exit had been expected ever since Tsujihara prevailed in the race to succeed Meyer in the top job at the studio.
There’s still no word on Rosenblum’s immediate plans. He will retain a high public profile in the next few months in his role as the elected chairman-ceo of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Here’s Rosenblum’s memo:
Dear Warner Bros. Television Group Colleagues,
It is with a heavy heart that I write to let you know that, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Kevin Tsujihara made his first major move at Warner Bros. on Wednesday, realigning the TV division in the wake of Bruce Rosenblum’s pending departure and promoting execs in the home entertainment and digital wing that he previously ran.
Here’s his letter to Warner Bros. staff:
In his 25 years at Warner Bros., as all of you know, Bruce helped build one of the world’s most successful global television production and distribution operations. With his great energy, skill, creativity and vision, Bruce – and the strong team he has built around him – was responsible for some of the most popular and successful television series of all time, including “Friends,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Two and a Half Men,” “Two Broke Girls,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Bachelor. »
- Variety Staff
Deadline’s Nikki Finke broke the story over the weekend that Bruce Rosenblum was leaving his post as head of Warner Bros Television. Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed Saturday night and made it official today with a release and a memo to staff from he and Warners chairman Barry Meyer. The restructuring (see below) at the TV division, as expected, includes expanded duties for Peter Roth who is now president and COO. Here’s the memo that went around: Dear Colleagues, We wanted to let you know that our valued colleague Bruce Rosenblum, President of the Warner Bros. Television Group, has decided to leave the Studio. In his 25 years at Warner Bros., as all of you know, Bruce helped build one of the world’s most successful global television production and distribution operations. With his great energy, skill, creativity and vision, Bruce – and the strong team he has built »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
So with official confirmation that Bruce Rosenblum is leaving Warner Bros., it would be fascinating to hear someone – like, say, Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes – explain why the three-man “bake-off” to succeed Barry Meyer was a good idea.
Granted, the rationale behind creating an office of the president consisting of Rosenblum, film chief Jeff Robinov and digital mastermind Kevin Tsujihara (who ultimately landed the top job) was obvious. Buy the company time and relative harmony, while creating healthy competition in the jockeying to replace Meyer as head of the studio.
See More: Kevin Tsujihara’s internal memo to WB staff (Read)
But the jockeying wasn’t healthy; it was toxic and divisive. And as time dragged on and speculation grew, it became increasingly clear the structure virtually ensured whoever didn’t get the nod for Meyer’s post would appear to have been very conspicuously passed over, creating pressure on them to move on. »
- Brian Lowry
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