Valenti earns stripes at WB

Exec started at co. in 1989, o'saw releases including 'Mail'

This article was updated at 8:57 p.m.

Courtenay Valenti has been promoted to exec VP of production at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Valenti continues to report directly to prexy of production Jeff Robinov and joins fellow exec VPs Kevin McCormick and Lynn Harris at the studio.

Valenti started at WB in 1989 as a creative exec and became VP production in 1991, moving up to senior VP of production in 1996.

She has overseen the development and production of such Warner Bros. Pictures releases as “You’ve Got Mail,” “A Walk to Remember,” “The Iron Giant” and “Queen of the Damned” as well as upcoming films “A Very Long Engagement,” “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera,” “Duma,” “Class Action,” “Happy Feet” and “The Ant Bully.”

“Courtenay is a tremendous executive and a great asset to our company,” Robinov said. “She’s got great taste in material and a gift for bringing out the best in filmmakers throughout the creative process. Her relationships and judgment have been invaluable.”

Valenti, daughter of recently retired MPAA chief Jack Valenti, began her career at Lehman Brothers in New York and segued into entertainment as an assistant to filmmaker Tony Bill.

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