Time Warner topper Jeff Bewkes sang the praises of newly anointed Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara but skirted a question on whether the two other top studio execs who were passed over for the job would opt to stay or go.
“Kevin is going to be a great leader at Warner. I chose him because he’s got the greatest breadth and depth across Warner’s businesses. I think he’s going to do a great job bringing together the TV group…the theatrical group…our digital and homevideo business…and consumer products,” Bewkes said during a conference call to discuss quarterly earnings. “Kevin is very thoughtful of the future of the studio business.”
He extolled the A-list duo of Warner Bros. TV prexy Bruce Rosenblum and pictures head Jeff Robinov, who were also in the running to replace Barry Meyer. But he noted that they “have really strong benches of people operating beneath them as well.”
Asked about Warner’s renewing its deal, expiring at year’s end, with Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures — the shingle behind upcoming “Man of Steel” — Bewkes said, “We are all very close to Thomas, we have a great relationship. No, there is no contention. There is problem solving going on.” He said Warner is “confident about our ability to generate a slate of films regardless of our relationship with Legendary.”