WB CEO Kevin Tsujihara —whom we’ve been watching closely since he took over in March—has made his first big shake-up: ousting TV head Bruce Rosenblum and giving the TV and home entertainment divisions a reorg. Buried in The Hollywood Reporter’s story is a teeny tidbit of some interest to DC Comics Kremlinologists:
Warner Home Video president Ron Sanders moves up to Warner Bros. Worldwide Home Entertainment Distribution president, where, among other things, he’ll expand the retail distribution of DC Entertainment products. And DC Entertainment’s Diane Nelson, remaining president of the stand-aloe entity, will report to both Tsujihara and Warner Bros. Pictures Group. president Jeff Robinov.
Tsujihara and movie head Robinov are said to get along even less well than Tsujihara and Rosenblum did, so everyone is waiting for that shoe to drop, although surely no one will go unshod until after MAN OF STEEL opens.
Diane Nelson previously reported only to Robinov. We’ve heard mixed things about the Tsujihara/Nelson relationship, but it would seem that her loyalty to Robinov is being tested. As we’ve previously noted, the activities of one little comic book company are far below the attention level of CEO, but Tsujihara once ran the division himself, so he definitely has an opinion on it.
We’re going to be sick of saying this over the next few weeks, but the fate of everyone at the WB movie division and at DC Entertainment rests on MAN OF STEEL.
[Via Valerie Gallaher, who has her own take on the situation.]
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.