Kevin Tsujihara is stepping down from his role as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. He had joined Warner Bros. back in 1994 and took charge of the film and TV studio in 2013 — which is now under the ownership of AT&T.
His role was recently expanded to include Turner Classic Movies, digital-focused Otter Media and a new business unit; that includes Warner’s properties for kids and young adults; as part of broader leadership changes at WarnerMedia.
His decision comes not too long; after being the subject of an exposé in the Hollywood Reporter about a sexual relationship with actress Charlotte Kirk.
According to reports, some text messages between them, show Charlotte asking for Tsujihara’s help in landing film roles. She eventually got casted in “How to be Single” and “Ocean’s 8”; both of which are Warner Bros. films.
Though his attorney has said that Tsujihara had no hand in her landing the roles; some people just aren’t satisfied with it.
In a memo to sent to Warner Bros. staff, Tsujihara said, “After lengthy introspection, and discussions with [WarnerMedia CEO] John Stankey over the past week, we have decided that it is in Warner Bros.’ best interest that I step down as Chairman and CEO … The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing.”
Although the company hasn’t announced a replacement yet, we should expect one who is fit for the job soon.