In what may be the symbolic end to the era of Hollywood moguls, Bob Daly and Terry Semel are marking their final day at Warner Bros. — the company they headed for close to two decades — by leaving their handprints in the forecourt of Mann’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood Thursday.
Erstwhile Paramount topper Adolph Zukor planted his mitts in Hollywood cement as a sayonara in 1953; now, the two departing studio heads will make a similar impression, the only others to do so.
Outgoing WB co-chairmen/CEOs Daly and Semel will be honored with a traditional Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony outside Mann’s Chinese Theater at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Incoming chairman/CEO Barry Meyer and prexy/chief operating officer Alan Horn will attend the affair with an executive phalanx expected to include the entire Warners creative and production groups, led by production prexy Lorenzo di Bonaventura.
True to form, veteran execs Daly and Semel, who were public about sharing a ride to work as well as going Dutch on lunches, titles and responsibilities, will depart their jobs in the same way they performed them: Insiders said they will leave their handprints, footprints and signatures in the same rectangular block.
It is also understood that the departing chieftains’ lavish offices in the main administration building now bearing their names will be cleaned out at the end of their last full day of work, Thursday, with the duo driving out the executive gate on Burbank Boulevard for good immediately thereafter.
Indeed, Daly and Semel are presently looking for new offices in which to set up shop, and insiders said it’s likely they’ll share them.
A bevy of stars who have worked at Warners during the Daly/Semel reign are expected to turn up, including WB stalwart Clint Eastwood and newer star George Clooney.
David Geffen, whose now-defunct Geffen Pictures outfit contributed such Warners pictures as “Interview With the Vampire” and “Michael Collins,” is also expected, along with his DreamWorks partner, Jeffrey Katzenberg.