Jim Miller, Longtime Warner Bros. Exec, Dies at 72

James (Jim) Miller, who oversaw business affairs for Warner Bros. for 20 years, died June 16 in Los Angeles. He was 72. A cause of death was not released.

Miller joined Warners in 1979 as VP of business affairs and oversaw all business aspects of the studio, from joint ventures and output deals to the structure of production agreements. His last position at the studio was president of Warner Bros. worldwide theatrical business operations, and he headed business affairs.

Miller was involved in crafting Warners’ long-term agreement with Village Roadshow, Polygram’s deal to acquire Castle Rock Entertainment and joint ventures with New Regency, Morgan Creek and producers such as Jerry Weintraub, Joel Silver and Jon Peters.

Miller left Warners and joined Bel-Air Entertainment in 2000 as co-chairman and CEO of the co-venture between Warners and Canal Plus. He then served as CEO of Wild Brain Animation and joined Stereo Pictures 3-D as a partner in 2008.

Born in Brooklyn, he attended Syracuse U. and St. Johns University law school before starting in showbiz at United Artists.

He is survived by his wife Lisa, two sons and a brother.

Burial services will be held Friday, June 20, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Hebron Cemetery, Flushing, N.Y. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 25, at 10 a.m. at Sinai Temple, 10400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Donations may be made to Wilshire Boulevard Temple, 3663 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010.

 

 

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