Former Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara may have stepped down in the wake of an alleged misconduct, but his legacy as a studio boss will be remembered.
Warner Bros. Studio Chairman Toby Emmerich had a special word for “someone who is not here in Vegas with us today” but to whom he wanted to give special mention.
“None of the movies in our record-breaking year could have happened without his support and encouragement. So a thank you and a special wish for Godspeed from me to Kevin Tsujihara.”
Emmerich praised Tusjihara for the studio’s “financial growth” and making the studio diverse “behind and in front of the camera.”
Tsujihara exited the company in mid-March amid an investigation into potential misconduct involving Charlotte Kirk, a British actress with whom he had an extramarital affair and allegedly had cast in Warners movies Ocean’s 8 and How to Be Single. That same day, she told Deadline exclusively: “I am deeply saddened to hear the news of Kevin Tsujihara stepping down at Warners. Our relationship ended many years ago. … Whatever differences we may have had in the past were long since forgotten.”
Tsujihara’s exit followed a recent expansion of his role in the WarnerMedia empire, in which he was to lead a new global kids and young adults business for new media conglom in the wake of AT&T’s $85 billion purchase and re-organization of Time Warner.