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As chairman-CEO of Warner Bros., Kevin Tsujihara leads the industry’s largest film and television production studio. Tsujihara has accelerated Warner Bros. push into videogames, digital media ventures, animation and consumer products. He has spearheaded the rejuvenation of the DC Comics unit through an ambitious long-term plan for TV and film adaptations of its wealth of characters and properties.
Tsujihara was promoted to the top job at Warner Bros. in March 2013, after a three-year run as one of three executives serving in the Office of the President. The period was widely viewed in the industry as an executive “bakeoff” implemented by Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes. Tsujihara ranks as the first Japanese-American executive to run a major studio.
Tsujihara joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as director of finance for special projects. He quickly advanced to the business development unit and from there was tapped to lead its new media ventures. In 2005, he was named president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment where he took the studio into the videogame publishing arena.
Earlier in his career, Tsujihara worked in the entertainment department for accounting giant Ernst & Young. After earning an MBA from Stanford University, Tsujihara launched QuickTax Inc., an early Internet venture.