Jeff Robinov, former president of Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, has inked a settlement with the Burbank studio that enables him to continue collecting a paycheck until his contract officially expires next fall–unless he takes another job.
It is unlikely that Robinov would accept another position before his stock and pension vest in mid-November.
Robinov left the studio in late June after failing to win the CEO job, which earlier in the year had gone to home entertainment and digital guru Kevin Tsujihara. Subsequently, Tsujihara named worldwide marketing and distribution president Sue Kroll, president of creative development and worldwide production Greg Silverman and New Line president/COO Toby Emmerich to help oversee the movie studio’s operations.
While there is ongoing speculation that Robinov will end up at Fox Filmed Entertainment in a position under chairman Jim Gianopulos, there is no deal in place and it is far from certain whether one will materialize. Robinov is unlikely to take a top studio job where he doesn’t have the ability to green light movies–an authority that Gianopulos may not be willing to share.
Robinov still has strong ties with creative talent — so much so that sources say that Warners has been trying to keep its filmmakers and actors in the fold and not let them be easily wooed by the former executive if he were to land at a rival studio. He has especially close relationships with such filmmakers as Christopher Nolan, Ben Affleck, Zack Snyder and Baz Luhrmann.
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Robinov had worked at Warners since 1997, following five years as a lit agent at ICM, where he repped writers and directors including the Hughes brothers, Wachowski siblings, Chris McQuarrie and McG.
Warner Bros. had no comment. Deadline Hollywood first reported the news of Robinov’s settlement.