In a show of confidence by Warner Bros Entertainment chairman Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros Pictures worldwide marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll has been re-upped to a new multi-year deal. This follows the re-up in January of president of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman to a multi-year deal and indicates Tsujiara is staying the course with the seasoned executives despite the ups and downs that the studio has experienced.
Kroll is a 22-year veteran who ran international marketing from 2000-2007, and then was tasked to create a global marketing infrastructure. She also headed international distribution and took over domestic distribution in July 2015, stepping in for Dan Fellman, who has since retired.
Kroll’s contract would have expired by year’s end. She is widely regarded as one of the best marketing minds in Hollywood, as evidenced by the launch successes of films from American Sniper to the Dark Knight trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, Inception and Harry Potter, most of which grossed $1 billion or more globally. The studio has Suicide Squad, Clint Eastwood’s Sully, the Ben Affleck-starrer The Accountant, and the JK Rowling Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them. Behind them come the next in the line of DC Comics superhero pictures that includes Justice League, The Flash, and a standalone Batman movie that Affleck will direct.
She will continue to work closely with Silverman and New Line chief Toby Emmerich.