Guralnick will ankle WB

Exec maintained high ratio of development to prod'n

After a 13-year run, Warner Bros. executive vice president Robert Guralnick will exit the studio when his contract expires at year’s end.

During his tenure, Guralnick shepherded a slew of WB films that included “You’ve Got Mail,” “Devil’s Advocate,” “Pelican Brief,” “The Bodyguard,” “Message in a Bottle,” “JFK” and “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”

The exec, who began his career at CBS Theatrical Films and then moved to New World before landing at WB in 1989, most recently supervised the upcoming Luis Mandoki-directed Jennifer Lopez starrer “Angel Eyes,” the Andy Davis-directed Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer “Collateral Damage” and the Mike Tollin-directed “Summer Catch.” He also supervised the soon-to-shoot live-action adaptation of “Scooby-Doo,” which will be directed by Raja Gosnall and will star Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar and Matthew Lillard.

While at WB, Guralnick was known at WB for maintaining a high ratio of development to production and bonding with stars like Kevin Costner, Keanu Reeves and Lopez.

“It has been a great run and the record of films speaks for itself,” said Guralnick, who becomes the second senior WB creative exec to ankle after Basil Iwanyk became Intermedia’s production prexy.

Guralnick described his exit as amicable. “It was time for a change and I’m excited about the next move, which I’ll be announcing shortly,” he said.