May 15, 2013
Warner Bros. Television Group Chief Executive Bruce Rosenblum is resigning less than six months after being passed over for the top job at the movie and television production giant. "Bruce has been a vital member of the Warner Bros. family and a good friend to so many of us, and he will be missed," new Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara and former CEO Barry Meyer said in an email to the studio's staff. Rosenblum's departure had been expected after Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of Warner Bros.
August 29, 2012
The historic movie lot at Warner Bros. Studios is no amusement park. There is no roller coaster, no dinosaurs to send you down an 80-foot raft plunge. Curious George will never soak your kids or give them a hug. (See Universal for that.) But fans can get a glimpse of real movie and TV productions at work on the sprawling Burbank campus at the studio's VIP Studio Tour, and examine artifacts from productions dating back to “Casablanca” and up through the “Harry Potter” series. “We've been hearing from people who say it's the reason they are coming to Los Angeles,” says Danny Kahn, executive director of the tour, of the thousands of visitors who pass through every month.
July 17, 2010
Days before animated feline Kitty Galore was scheduled to leave the Warner Bros. studios for the big screen, kitties galore prowled the company's Burbank lot. Fifty homeless animals visited the grounds Wednesday as Warner Bros. Studio Facilities officially made the Burbank Animal Shelter its pet cause. Workers in the division, which provides production and post-production services, helped organize a pet adoption event with a dozen animals finding new homes. That was just the beginning of the connection between the studio and the shelter.
October 5, 2012
Warner Bros. will manage most of Paramount's movie library on DVD , in a first-of-its-kind deal between major studios that reflects the ongoing decline in disc sales. The companies said Thursday that Warner will handle more than 600 titles from Paramount's library, including such classics as "Chinatown," "Saturday Night Fever," and "Braveheart. " The renewable three-year agreement, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2013, will allow Paramount to save the costs of manufacturing and shipping DVDs from its catalog.
September 17, 2012
Boot camps before meetings? Yoga classes at lunch? Workouts near or at work are convenient and efficient. But if you happen to be employed at Warner Bros. in Burbank, there's more to it than accessibility. On Fridays when the sitcom "Mike & Molly" isn't shooting, actor Reno Wilson teaches a 45-minute spinning class to anyone on the lot who shows up; many of his students are staff and crew from his show. Wilson leads spinning classes for love. Yes, he has a love of spinning, but it's more about his love for the student who was front and center at one recent class: his wife, Coco Fausone-Wilson, a yoga and spinning instructor at YAS Fitness Centers.
March 9, 2012
Luther Middle School's Miguel Delgado, 13, left, and Norm Barnett from theWarner Bros.Studio Facilities cut the ribbon during a grand reopening of the school's theater, which took place in Burbank on Thursday, March 8, 2012. Parents, students and staff from Luther Middle School joined together and raised $30,000 for the theater. Warner Bros Studio Facilities also partnered up with the school and helped renovate the theater. -- Cheryl A. Guerrero, Times Community News
May 16, 2013
Warner Bros. Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara has begun building his own team at the Burbank entertainment company, distributing power among a handful of key executives who have long toiled in the trenches. On Wednesday, Tsujihara announced a new management structure for the company's television, home entertainment and video games unit. "This is all about redesigning the company and how we do what we do," Tsujihara said in an interview with The Times. "One of the key goals we want to accomplish is running this company as one. We all work for Warner Bros.
December 11, 2012
After eight years of legal battle with the entertainment industry, Kaleidescape has found a friend in Hollywood. Starting Tuesday, the manufacturer of high-end media servers will sell movies and television shows from Warner Bros. , a first-of-its-kind deal for the company. Previously, the Kaleidescape system has only let users watch movies that they copy off a DVD or Blu-ray disc. That function landed the Sunnyvale, Calif., company in trouble when the DVD Copy Control Assn., a consortium of studios and electronics companies that manages the anti-piracy technology on movie discs, sued Kaleidescape in 2004.
August 6, 2012
Long buzzed about as an Academy Award contender, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" won't be competing for any Oscars this season, as Warner Bros. is moving the F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation's release date from Christmas 2012 to summer 2013. It's the second high-profile film whose release the studio has changed in recent weeks. In wake of the movie-theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., Warner Bros. moved its crime drama "Gangster Squad" from Sept. 7 to next January in order to reshoot a scene involving a gunfight inside a cinema.
March 21, 2013
It has been a rough start to 2013 for a movie studio unaccustomed to taking one on the chin. And in this case, there has been more than one haymaker. Warner Bros. has released five films in a row that have underperformed at the box office, including "Jack the Giant Slayer," a roughly $195-million production that has flopped, tallying $55 million in domestic receipts after three weeks of release. The film's tepid performance and last weekend's disappointing opening for "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" mark an unusual rough patch for Warner Bros., which has historically been among the most successful studios.