Warner Bros.' Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara Out as Studio Chief
The six year tenure of Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment, is coming to an unceremonious end.
"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.," WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said Monday. A replacement for Tsujihara is yet to be named.
In a Hollywood Reporter article on March 6, text messages between the executive and Charlotte Kirk revealed that Tsujihara said that he would push for auditions for the actress amid an apparent sexual relationship. The actress appeared in two Warner Bros. films: 2016's ‘How to Be Single’ and 2018's ‘Ocean's 8.’
Tsujihara's personal attorney stated, "Mr. Tsujihara had no direct role in the hiring of this actress." An outside law firm continues to investigate the claims made against Tsujihara.
Tsujihara's departure comes as John Stankey, named CEO of WarnerMedia in 2017, puts his stamp on the company in the wake of AT&T's $85 billion to $105 billion acquisition of Time Warner, which was approved last spring and then upheld by a federal appeals court last month.