Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Today (18th March), Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) – Kevin Tsujihara announced that he’s stepping down and leaving the movie studio. Kevin has worked for Warner Bros for 25 years, and since 2013, he was in charge of the studio. He had a promising future at Warner Bros. because of a newly expanded job role, with popular brands such as Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TCM and Crunchyroll added to his supervisory responsibilities after the announcement of the reformation of WarnerMedia only two weeks ago. Kevin Tsujihara was also the first person of East Asian descent to run a Hollywood studio.

In a Hollywood Reporter article from 6th March, it was emerged that text messages were exchanged between Kevin and actress Charlotte Kirk, according to the texts, Kevin attempted to get movie auditions for Charlotte in exchange of a sexual relationship. Charlotte Kirk has appeared in two Warner Bros. films: 2016’s How to Be Single and 2018’s Ocean’s 8. Kevin’s personal attorney claimed that Kevin had no direct involvement in hiring Charlotte Kirk. The allegations are overshadowing of what could be an exciting time at Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia as a whole.

Before resigning, Kevin left an internal memo for his colleagues at Warner Bros., the memo reads as follows:

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past week and a half, I have been reflecting on how the attention on my past actions might impact the company’s future. After lengthy introspection, and discussions with John Stankey over the past week, we have decided that it is in Warner Bros.’ best interest that I step down as Chairman and CEO.

I love this company and the people that make it so great. I’ve been honored to head this organization and work alongside all of its talented employees over the past 25 years. Together we’ve built this studio into an unequivocal leader in the industry.

However, it has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing.

I am overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and industry partners during this difficult time.

Again, I am so proud of the great work that you do every day to make Warner Bros. the gold standard in our industry. It has been a pleasure to work alongside each and every one of you, and I wish you all the absolute best.

Kevin’s boss, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey also made a statement regarding his departure:

“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.”

John Stankey and WarnerMedia’s board of directors has yet to announce who will replace Kevin Tsujihara as Warner Bros. new CEO. This is an unusual time at the company, after seeing the announced departure of the CEOs of Turner (David Levy), HBO (Richard Plepler) and Warner Bros. (Kevin Tsujihara) within the space of a fortnight. An interim Warner Bros. leadership team will be announced tomorrow (19th March).

What does Kevin Tsujihara’s resignation mean for Cartoon Network?

The resignation of Kevin Tsujihara shouldn’t directly affect Cartoon Network’s operations, as Turner remains to be a going concern as the restructuring process can be a lengthy and difficult process and WarnerMedia’s future plans were only announced two weeks ago. Christina Miller remains to be President and General Manager of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim.

https://variety.com/2019/biz/news/kevin-tsujihara-warner-bros-sexual-impropriety-1203165653/

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/warner-bros-kevin-tsujihara-exit-as-studio-chief-1054951

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/i-need-be-careful-texts-reveal-warner-bros-ceo-promoted-actress-apparent-sexual-relationship-1192660

Adult Swim USA New Show Lazor Wulf Premieres 7th April

Adult Swim USA New Show Lazor Wulf Premieres 7th April

Adult Swim USA New Show Lazor Wulf Premieres 7th April

Adult Swim USA will be premiering a brand new animated series called “Lazor Wulf” on Sunday 7th April at midnight, for the show’s premiere night, Adult Swim will air two episodes back to back (12am and 12.15am). In Canada, the brand new Adult Swim television channel will be premiering Lazor Wulf on the same night.

The brand new quarter-hour show has somewhat of an odd description, according to Adult Swim, Lazor Wulf is about finding the inner strength to buy your own cereal, not dying, and the art of the scam. Lazor Wulf is created and executive-produced by Henry Bonsu. Daniel Weidenfeld (China, IL) and Carl Jones (The Boondocks) also serves as executive producers. The new show is animated by Bento Box Entertainment.

Lazor Wulf is a colourful animated series that follows a wolf who carries a laser on his back and the adventures he and his pack of friends encounter while hanging out at their neighborhood joints such as The Clurb and Esther’s in the city of Strongburg. The main cast of voice actors include hip hop artists Vince Staples and DRAM, WWE Superstar Big E, along with Quinta Brunson, Judnick Mayard, Andre Pascoe, Reginald VelJohnson and J.D. Witherspoon.

From The Adult Swim USA Press Release: Lazor Wulf Premieres 7th April on Adult Swim

This quarter-hour series is about finding the inner strength to buy your own cereal, not dying, and the art of the scam.

Adult Swim Introduces All-New Wolf Pack Lazor Wulf Premieres on April 7th

Hip Hop Artists Vince Staples, DRAM, and WWE Superstar Big E* Among Main Voice Cast

See who and what makes the city of Strongburg so cool. Check out Lazor Wulf April 7th on Adult Swim.

Adult Swim, the #1 cable destination for young adults, announces the premiere of its newest animated comedy series, Lazor Wulf on Sunday, April 7th at Midnight ET/PT.

This quarter-hour series is about finding the inner strength to buy your own cereal, not dying, and the art of the scam. Lazor Wulf is created by Henry Bonsu and executive-produced by Bonsu, Daniel Weidenfeld (China, IL), and Carl Jones (The Boondocks). The animation studio is Bento Box Entertainment.

The colorful series follows a wolf who carries a laser on his back and the adventures he and his pack of carefree friends face while hanging out at their neighborhood joints like The Clurb and Esther’s. The main cast of voice actors include hip hop artists Vince Staples and DRAM, WWE Superstar Big E, along with Quinta Brunson, Judnick Mayard, Andre Pascoe, Reginald VelJohnson, and J.D. Witherspoon.

Lazor Wulf premieres with back to back episodes on Sunday, April 7th at Midnight and 12:15am ET/PT on Adult Swim.

* WWE Intellectual Property used with permission of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.

http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2019/03/14/lazor-wulf-premieres-april-7th-on-adult-swim-229415/20190314adultswim01/

https://www.bentoboxent.com/

Adult Swim And Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Announce Partnership

Adult Swim And Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Announce Partnership

Adult Swim And Anime Streaming Service Crunchyroll Announce Partnership

Today (12th March) Cartoon Network USA’s nightly young adult programming service – Adult Swim and Ellation’s Crunchyroll have announced that they have announced a programming partnership for Adult Swim’s Japanese anime block – Toonami which airs on Saturday nights. From now on, both Crunchyroll and Adult Swim will work together on licensed content, co-productions and distribution opportunities. The news of the partnership follows the announcement of a corporate reshuffle at WarnerMedia last week which led to the break up of Cartoon Network’s owners – Turner, causing CN, Boomerang and Adult Swim to move to Warner Bros’s brand new Global Kids and Young Adults division. Meanwhile, Ellation (Crunchyroll’s owners) was also transferred to Warner Bros. At present, Turner is still a going concern until the complex process of restructuring at WarnerMedia is completed.

Crunchyroll was founded in 2006 and WarnerMedia inherited the streaming service through its merger with telecommunications company AT&T, last August, AT&T fully acquired Otter Media, the owners of Ellation, which itself owns Crunchyroll.

Ever since the Time Warner/AT&T merger, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll have worked together and even announced a new anime series called Blade Runner – Black Lotus based on the Oscar-winning movie Blade Runner 2049, which is co-produced by Alcon Television Group. The English-dubbed episodes will premiere on Toonami in the United States and Crunchyroll will handle worldwide streaming. Crunchyroll and Adult Swim have also collaborated to distribute the anime series – Mob Psycho 100, which premiered on the Toonami programming block last year.

Jason DeMarco, senior vice president, creative director for on-air at Adult Swim and co-creator of Toonami, made this statement in regards of the new partnership with Crunchyroll:

“Our partnership with Crunchyroll will open up exciting new possibilities for both of us. This will expand Toonami’s already great programming to include even more premiere and original anime. It’s a great time to be an anime fan!”

Crunchyroll’s general manager – Joanne Waage also added:

“Our mission is to grow anime globally, which makes Adult Swim the perfect partner as Toonami has been incredibly influential in the growth of anime here in the U.S. We can’t wait to show our fans what we have in store for them through this new programming partnership. Expect new co-productions, expanded distribution of dubs, and generally more accessible anime!”

https://www.regularcapital.com/2018/08/warnermedia-now-fully-owns-anime-streaming-service-crunchyroll/

https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/12/18261643/adult-swim-crunchyroll-anime-series

https://deadline.com/2019/03/adult-swim-crunchyroll-team-on-programming-expand-distribution-deal-1202573898/

http://www.animationmagazine.net/streaming/crunchyroll-adult-swim-expand-programming-partnership/