Warner Bros. shuffles biz, legal execs

Connolly to oversee business, legal aspects of film ops.

HOLLYWOOD — Patti Connolly has been promoted to exec VP of business affairs at Warner Bros. Pictures, with Dan Furie boosted to senior VP of business affairs at the studio and Pamela Kirsh moving into the position of senior VP and general legal counsel.

Connolly, who previously served as senior VP of business affairs, will oversee all day-to-day business and legal aspects of film acquisition, production and distribution worldwide for the studio.

Furie and Kirsh will report directly to Connolly, while Connolly will report to Steve Spira, exec VP of worldwide business affairs.

New duties

Furie, previously VP of business affairs, will be primarily responsible for negotiations of deals with talent and producers as well as acquisitions of literary material.

Kirsh, who was formerly VP and general counsel, will supervise all legal aspects with respect to the development and production of films worldwide.

Connolly joined Warners in 1986 as director of business affairs and was promoted to VP in 1989 and senior VP in 1997. She was previously assistant general counsel for TriStar Pictures.

Furie joined Warners in 1990 as VP, theatrical business affairs. He began his entertainment career in 1984 as an attorney for Paramount Pictures.

Kirsh joined Warners in 1982. She became an attorney for the legal department in 1990 and was named associate general counsel in 1995. She was promoted to VP and associate general counsel in 1997.

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