The American Cinematheque has tapped Warner Bros. executive Sue Kroll as the 2016 recipient of the Sid Grauman award.Kroll will be honored for her achievements in the motion picture industry at the top of the American Cinematheque’s annual benefit award show on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton. The organization will also present its career achievement award to Ridley Scott.American Cinematheque Chairman Rick Nicita said, “The American Cinematheque is pleased to present Sue Kroll with this year’s Sid Grauman Award...
As president of worldwide marketing and distribution, Sue Kroll oversees global release plans and helps the studio’s marketing and distribution departments appeal to the foreign film market. She has helped Warner Bros. Pictures open more than 50 films at No. 1 at the domestic box office.
Her recent successes include “Wonder Woman” (which topped the 2017 domestic summer box office at $410 million), “Kong: Skull Island,” “The LEGO Batman Movie,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” “Central Intelligence,” “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Upcoming films include “Justice League,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “Ready Player One.” Kroll has also crafted successful marketing campaigns for the “Harry Potter” and “Hobbit” franchises, “The Dark Night” trilogy, “Interstellar,” “Argo,” “Inception” and “American Sniper.”
After graduating from New Jersey’s Glassboro State University with a degree in communications, Kroll began her career in New York, working for Viacom at Showtime Networks, The Movie Channel and Viewer’s Choice. She also spent time at Turner Network Television in Atlanta and was eventually named senior vice president and managing director of TNT and Cartoon Network Europe. She joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 1994, taking on the role of president of worldwide marketing in 2008 and president of worldwide marketing and international distribution in 2013 before landing her current position in 2015.