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WB’s Rathbun exiting sr. VP production post

Ankler remains creative consultant on 'Perfect Storm'

Warner Bros. senior VP of production Diana Rathbun is ankling her position at the studio.

For the moment, Rathbun will remain a creative consultant on the upcoming WB event pic “The Perfect Storm,” starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly and Diane Lane.

Wolfgang Petersen is directing the action adventure, which is based on the book “The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea” by Sebastian Junger. Paula Weinstein, Petersen and Gail Katz are producing.

Rathbun joined Warners as a VP from Intl. Creative Management in 1991. She was made senior VP in 1994. The well-liked exec has been planning to depart for several months.

Pics that she has overseen during her tenure at the studio include “Maverick,” “Free Willy,” “Fearless” and “Forever Young.”

Warner Bros. declined comment.

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