Jeff Robinov Out at Warner Bros
Jeff Robinov has departed Warner Bros. as president of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, culminating several weeks of mounting tensions among executives at the Burbank lot.
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.
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 Line’s president and chief operating officer while adding the responsibility for Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures.
Greenlight authority over films will continue with the studio’s greenlight committee.
Dan Fellman will continue in his role as president of domestic distribution, reporting directly to Tsujihara. Veronika Kwan Vandenberg will continue as president of international distribution and ultimately assume responsibility for worldwide distribution, taking on domestic distribution upon the planned retirement of Fellman. Kwan Vandenberg will report to Kroll.
All five execs previously reported to Robinov.
Warner’s official announcement made no mention of Robinov. News of his departure was disclosed in an internal memo sent out by Chairman Barry Meyer and Tsujihara, which asked employees to congratulate Kroll, Silverman, Emmerich, Fellman and Kwan Vandenberg.
“We also want to let you know that Jeff Robinov will no longer serve as President of Warner Bros. Pictures Group and thank him for his years of valued service to the company in that position,” Meyer and Tsujihara said.
“Warner Bros. is the world’s preeminent motion picture studio with one of the most talented executive benches in the industry,” said Tsujihara in the announcement. “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.”
“This marks an exciting new chapter in the storied history of Warner Bros. Pictures,” Meyer said. “We are in the midst of another terrific year, and our film division will continue to thrive well into the future under this realigned organization.”
People close to the situation have said that Robinov’s relationships have soured significantly with Tsujihara and Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes. Robinov’s relationship with Tsujihara has been particularly frayed since Tsujihara took over as the top executive following a two-year “bake off” process between Robinov, Rosenbloom and Tsujihara to succeed Warner Bros.’ outgoing chairman Barry Meyer.