WB reups prod’n prez for 3 years

Robinov to o'see pic development

After a year in which the studio has produced two high profile potential Oscar contenders and enjoyed a record year at the international box office, Jeff Robinov, president of production for Warner Bros. Pictures, has reupped at the studio and signed a new three-year contract.

While Alan Horn, president and chief operating officer of Warner Bros., retains ultimate greenlight for all Warner Bros. Pictures, Robinov is responsible for overseeing every aspect of the development, creative production and acquisition of all feature films for the studio.

Robinov was promoted to his current post in July 2002. Since then, he’s put a number of high profile pics into the production including “Troy,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and the soon-to-start-shooting “Batman.” He has also focused on bringing new and established filmmakers back to the lot, and oversaw last year the last two installments of the Matrix trilogy, “The Last Samurai” and “Starsky & Hutch.”

Robinov’s mandate to attract new filmmakers to the lot coincided with the launch of Warner’s long-planned specialty division, Warner Independent Pictures in August. Robinov oversees the division, which is headed by Mark Gill, and he continues to work closely with Richard Fox, exec VP of international for Warner Bros. Entertainment, on the studio’s international local-language pics.

“Since taking over the leadership of Warner Bros. Pictures, Jeff has demonstrated time and again an unparalleled understanding of both the art and business of moviemaking,” said Horn. “He’s extremely talented, well respected and well connected, and we couldn’t be happier that he’ll be heading up our film operations as we head into some of the studio’s busiest and most exciting release years ever.”

Robinov joined WB Pictures in 1997 after five years as a literary agent at ICM where he repped such high-profile writers and directors as the Wachowski Brothers, the Hughes brothers, Chris McQuarrie and McG.

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