Just as Kevin McCormick was Jeff Robinov’s first promotion, so is Dawn Taubin now the recently named Warner Bros Picture Group president’s first firing. Hey, I’d predicted this as far back as October 2007 when I wrote: “It was always going to be difficult, anyway, to promote Robinov because of his friction with president of domestic marketing Dawn Taubin, who has long had [Alan] Horn’s ear and refuses to report to Robinov.” Granted that, over the years, Dawn managed to make her fair share of enemies. But now maybe Jeff can finally realize his vision of making Warner Bros Pictures an all-male preserve both on the screen and behind the scenes. (Says a Warner Bros spokesman: “Oh, c’mon, he has a ton of women who work for him,” then proceeded to list them all.) Hey Jeff, you should have had a spokes-woman call me.
Here’s the official Warner press release:
(January 9, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – Due to the restructuring resulting from the recent founding of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, Dawn Taubin has agreed to relinquish her role as President, Domestic Marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures.
“My professional relationship with Dawn has been one of the most satisfying in my 35 years in the entertainment industry, said Alan Horn, President & Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. “She is phenomenally smart, classy, and has always been a consummate professional. I wish her all the best as she continues her career, and I will miss her.”
“Dawn is not only a great marketing executive who has been a significant contributor to the success of Warner Bros. Pictures throughout her years with the division, but a terrific person as well,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros. “While we had hoped that she would stay with the Studio in a non-theatrical senior marketing post that we offered her, we honor her decision to leave. All of us at Warner Bros. wish her well.”
“I am very fortunate to have spent almost 20 years at Warner Bros. and to end my time here with our most successful year ever,” said Taubin. “I am grateful to my team at Warner Bros. for their hard work and loyalty for so many years and to Barry and Alan for the wonderful opportunity they gave me and for their support and friendship.”