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

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Looney Tunes Cartoons World Premiere At Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019

Looney Tunes Cartoons World Premiere At Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019

Looney Tunes Cartoons World Premiere At Annecy International Animation Film Festival 2019

Warner Bros. Animation has been busy producing brand new Looney Tunes shorts based upon the original classic shorts that made Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the many other Looney Tunes characters world famous. The brand new short-form cartoons, collectively referred to as “Looney Tunes Cartoons” will have its world premiere at the Annecy International Film Festival in Annecy, France on Monday 10th June 2019 as part of the festival’s opening ceremony playing alongside Playmobil: The Movie. The new Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts will be shown during publicly accessible open-air screenings on Monday 10th June.

At the Annecy Animation Festival on Wednesday 12th June, there will be a special Looney Tunes Cartoons session with Peter Browngart (Looney Tunes Cartoons Executive Producer, creator of Cartoon Network’s Uncle Grandpa and Secret Mountain Fort Awesome), Alex Kirwan (Looney Tunes Cartoons Supervising Producer), Audrey Diehl (Vice President, Series, Warner Bros. Animation) and Sam Register (President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series, creator of The Looney Tunes Show and Cartoon Network’s Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, executive producer of Teen Titans Go!). At the session more shorts will be shown and there will also be a behind-the-scenes look inside the production of the brand new Looney Tunes shorts.

Each season of Looney Tunes Cartoons will feature 1,000 minutes of brand new Looney Tunes animation which will be distributed on the internet and on television. Looney Tunes Cartoons is heavily influenced and inspired by the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts. In a similar style to the classic shorts, the new shorts also features a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other famous Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, humour driven and visually pleasing short episodes. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and each episode will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists, applying their own unique personality and style. The new shorts features veteran Looney Tunes voice actors – Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen.

From The Annecy International Animation Film Festival Press Release: It’s a World Premiere, Doc!: Warner Bros. Animation to Debut Looney Tunes Cartoons During the Opening Ceremony at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2019

Bugs Bunny! Daffy Duck! The Looney Tunes are back! The classic characters, from Warner Bros. Animation, return in Looney Tunes Cartoons, a series of new shortform cartoons, debuting at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June 2019. The next chapter of the iconic Looney Tunes story, featuring a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling, will have its world debut on Monday, 10th June, as part of the Opening Ceremony festivities, with Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts playing in front of the previously announced opening film, Playmobil: The Movie.

Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts will also be a part of the open-air screenings on Monday, 10th June, so the general public can also enjoy the fun with Bugs Bunny and his pals.

But wait, thththat’s not all folks, Warner Bros. Animation’s presence to showcase the most ambitious Looney Tunes content initiative to date continues on Wednesday, 12th June, during a Looney Tunes Cartoons session, when Peter BROWNGARDT (Looney Tunes Cartoons Executive Producer), Alex KIRWAN (Looney Tunes Cartoons Supervising Producer), Audrey DIEHL (Vice President, Series, Warner Bros. Animation) and Sam REGISTER (President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series) will screen more shorts and present a behind-the-scenes look inside the production of one of the studio’s most iconic franchises.

LOONEY TUNES CARTOONS : Series Description

Looney Tunes Cartoons is a series of new short form cartoons starring the iconic and beloved Looney Tunes characters. With a crew of some of the premiere artists working in animation today, each “season” will produce 1,000 minutes of all-new Looney Tunes animation that will be distributed across multiple platforms — including digital, mobile and broadcast.

Looney Tunes Cartoons echoes the high production value and process of the original Looney Tunes theatrical shorts, with a cartoonist-driven approach to storytelling. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other marquee Looney Tunes characters will be featured in their classic pairings in simple, gag-driven and visually vibrant stories. Each cartoon will vary from one to six minutes in length and, from the premise on through to the jokes, will be “written” and drawn by the cartoonists, allowing their own personality and style to come through in each cartoon.

Looney Tunes Cartoons is produced by Warner Bros. Animation and features veteran Looney Tunes voice cast members including Eric Bauza, Jeff Bergman and Bob Bergen. Sam Register (Teen Titans Go!) and Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa) serve as executive producers.

Peter BROWNGARDT

Peter Browngardt serves as executive producer on the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons. Browngardt was the creator and executive producer of the Emmy® Award–winning series Uncle Grandpa, as well as creator of the Annecy & Emmy® Award–winning series Secret Mountain Fort Awesome. Previous credits also include work on a number of Cartoon Network shows, including Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack and Adventure Time. Browngardt studied character animation at CalArts and began working professionally on Futurama at age 19, followed by Industrial Light & Magic and MTV Animation.

Alex KIRWAN

Alex Kirwan serves as supervising producer on the upcoming Looney Tunes Cartoons. Kirwan is an Emmy® Award–winning designer, art director, writer, visual development artist and producer who has worked in the animation industry for more than 20 years. Previous credits include My Life as a Teenage Robot for Nickelodeon; Wander Over Yonder, Mickey Mouse Shorts and the new Duck Tales series for Disney; and Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends at Cartoon Network. He has been nominated for five Annie awards and three Emmy® Awards.

Audrey DIEHL

Audrey Diehl serves as Vice President, Series, at Warner Bros. Animation (WBA). In her position, Diehl develops new animated programming for the Studio, with wide-ranging oversight of creative and production matters for animated content. Diehl also serves as programming executive and manages the day-to-day production activities and creative affairs for current WBA series including Looney Tunes Cartoons, Animaniacs for Hulu and Harley Quinn for DC UNIVERSE. Prior to WBA, Diehl served as Vice President, Animation Development, at Nickelodeon.

Sam REGISTER

Sam Register serves as President, Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) and Warner Digital Series, overseeing creative efforts related to the development and creation of animated programming, for broadcast television, home entertainment and digital platforms. Under Register’s leadership, WBA is currently in active production on 14 animated series for multiple networks, including Teen Titans Go! and DC Super Hero Girls for Cartoon Network, Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz for Boomerang, Harley Quinn for DC UNIVERSE, Animaniacs for Hulu, and Green Eggs and Ham for Netflix.

https://www.annecy.org/resources/communiques_presse/2019_CP_Warner_en.php