Kevin Tsujihara

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Kevin Tsujihara
Born
Kevin Ken Tsujihara

(1964-10-25) October 25, 1964 (age 54)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
Stanford Business School
OccupationBusinessman
TitleFormer chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment
Spouse(s)Sandy Tsujihara
Children2

Kevin Ken Tsujihara (born October 25, 1964) is a Japanese American businessman, and former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment. He succeeded Barry Meyer as CEO in March 2013, and as chairman in December 2013, having previously served as president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Upon assuming the role of CEO, Tsujihara became the first Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio.[1] He resigned in March 2019, following a casting couch scandal.

Early life[edit]

Kevin Tsujihara was born to Shizuo and Miyeko "Mickey" Tsujihara and grew up in Petaluma, California. He and his family owned Empire Egg Company, a company that distributed eggs to markets across the San Francisco Bay Area. Tsujihara graduated from the University of Southern California and earned an MBA degree from Stanford University. After graduating from Stanford, he launched QuickTax Inc., a tax preparation website.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Tsujihara joined Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. in 1994 as the director of special projects finance, primarily dealing with the company's interest in Six Flags Theme Parks, which had been acquired by Warner Bros.' parent company Time Warner (now WarnerMedia) in 1990. While employed at Warner Bros., he also focused on business development and online content. In 2005, Tsujihara was given the position of president of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment unit, which focuses on the home video, online distribution and video games for the company.[1][3][4]

In January 2013, Tsujihara was named the new chief executive officer of Warner Bros. after the announcement that Barry Meyer would retire from the position on March 1, 2013. This made him the first Asian American to be the CEO of a major Hollywood studio and the fifth leader in the 90-year history of Warner Bros.[4][1]

On March 6, 2019, several entertainment industry publications reported that WarnerMedia is investigating allegations that Tsujihara may have promised auditions and/or acting jobs to British actress Charlotte Kirk in return for sex.[5][6] On March 8, 2019 Tsujihara released a memo apologizing to his colleagues at WarnerMedia for his behavior.[7] Tsujihara resigned on March 18, 2019. A Warner Bros. spokesperson said, "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."[8]

Personal life[edit]

Tsujihara and his wife, Sandy, have two children.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Petaluma native Kevin Tsujihara named CEO of Warner Bros. studio". The Press Democrat. January 29, 2013. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ "Warner Bros.' new CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, at a glance". Los Angeles Times. January 29, 2013. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Barnes, Brooks (January 28, 2013). "Tsujihara to Succeed Meyer as Head of Warner Brothers". The New York Times. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Waxman, Sharon (January 28, 2013). "Kevin Tsujihara: I'll Continue Warner Bros. Legacy in 'Tough Environment'". Yahoo! News. Retrieved January 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Siegel, Tatiana; Masters, Kim (March 6, 2019). ""I Need to Be Careful": Texts Reveal Warner Bros. CEO Promoted Actress Amid Apparent Sexual Relationship". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (March 6, 2019). "Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara Under Investigation for Allegations of Sexual Impropriety". Variety. Retrieved March 6, 2019.
  7. ^ Galuppo, Mia (2019-03-08). "Warner Bros.' Kevin Tsujihara Apologizes in Memo Amid Misconduct Probe". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  8. ^ Faughnder, Ryan (March 18, 2019). "Kevin Tsujihara out as CEO of Warner Bros". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  9. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Littleton, Cynthia (2013-03-27). "Warner Bros. Embraced Digital Future With Choice of Kevin Tsujihara as CEO". Variety. Retrieved 2019-03-12.

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