Executive Hire: Kevin Tsujihara is named the next CEO of Warner Bros.

Kevin TsujiharaKevin Tsujihara will become the next Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. The announcement was made by Time Warner Inc. Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes and current Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer, who will remain as Chairman through 2013 once Mr. Tsujihara assumes his new role on March 1, 2013. Over the next several months, Mr. Meyer and Mr. Tsujihara will work together with other members of Warner Bros. senior executive team, including Warner Bros. Television President Bruce Rosenblum and Warner Bros. Pictures President Jeff Robinov, to ensure an orderly transition.

As President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group since 2005, Mr. Tsujihara currently oversees the company’s home video, digital distribution, videogames, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations. Mr. Tsujihara joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director, Special Projects, Finance to assist in the management of the company’s interest in Six Flags. Across his nearly two decades with the company he has served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment and, Executive Vice President, New Media, responsible for the oversight of all Warner Bros.’ new media endeavors.

Mr. Tsujihara received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and his MBA from Stanford University. He sits on the Board of Directors for the MPAA, City Year Los Angeles, an education focused, nonprofit organization, the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, Kabam, the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation, and the Entertainment Software Association.

The Los Angeles Times reports Mr. Tsujihara will become the first Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio. Mr. Tsujihara, the grandson of Japanese immigrants and the son of a Northern California egg farmer, will become only the fifth leader in the 90-year history of Warner Bros., home of Bugs Bunny, Batman and “The Big Bang Theory.”

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