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May 15, 2013 | By Joe Flint
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.
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April 18, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
After years of releasing his music independently in unconventional ways, Prince has returned to  Warner Bros. Records, the label that issued most of his biggest hit singles and albums from the late 1970s into the '90s, and which is set to put out the artist's new studio album at an unspecified date. "A brand-new studio album is on the way,” Prince said in a statement issued Friday, “and both Warner Bros Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship.
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December 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
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April 18, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Universal Studios Japan's Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will open July 15, the theme park announced Friday at an event attended by Japanese and foreign dignitaries. The $500-million Wizarding World, similar to an attraction that opened at Universal Orlando Resort in 2010, will include rides incorporating environments and characters from the "Harry Potter" book and film franchises. The themed land, part of the 108-acre theme park in Osaka, will feature attractions such as Hogsmeade Village, the Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride, and Hogwarts castle.  Universal Studios Japan unveiled that castle -- the focal point of the Wizarding World -- at an event attended by Caroline Kennedy, U.S. ambassador to Japan, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Universal Studios Hollywood will open a similar Wizarding World attraction in 2016.
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January 28, 2013 | By Meg James
In a bold bet on the digital future of entertainment, Time Warner Inc. has selected its digital guru -- Kevin Tsujihara -- as the new chief executive of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes' selection of Tsujihara, currently president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment,  was something of a surprise. Bewkes on Monday passed over two seasoned executives who have been responsible for the Burbank studio's marquee businesses: Bruce Rosenblum, who is in charge of television production, and Jeff Robinov, who is head of Warner Bros.' prestigious movie studio.
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October 1, 2013 | By John Horn
A movie producer has sued Warner Bros. and Clint Eastwood's production company, claiming the movie studio and the Oscar-winning filmmaker stole the idea for their 2012 baseball movie “Trouble With the Curve.” In his 120-page copyright infringement complaint, filed Tuesday in federal court, Ryan A. Brooks alleges there was a vast conspiracy to deny him and his company, Gold Glove Productions, proper credit for the screenplay for the movie, which...
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November 10, 2012 | By Ben Fritz and Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Two years ago Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes created an Office of the President to inspire three ambitious executives into collegial competition for the top job at Warner Bros., Hollywood's largest film and television studio. "These three will work as a unit," Bewkes declared. But the effort has inspired distrust and disharmony inside Warner Bros., the studio known for Batman, Bugs Bunny and "The Big Bang Theory" as well as for its decades of management stability.
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May 15, 2013 | By Meg James
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.
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January 28, 2013 | By Meg James
Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television Group, was surprised to learn over the weekend that he was not getting the top entertainment job at the legendary Burbank studio. Instead, the role is going to the studio's digital guru, Kevin Tsujihara. "Obviously, I'm disappointed, who wouldn't be?" Rosenblum said in a statement. "Warner Bros. is a unique and special place and I know it will be in good hands with Kevin at the helm. "  On Monday, Time Warner Inc. Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes picked Tsujihara to lead the film and television studio, underscoring the importance of digital entertainment to the company's future.
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July 25, 2012 | By Julie Makinen
"Gangster Squad," a Warner Bros. movie featuring a shootout at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, will not arrive in theaters in September as initially planned but instead will be released in January. Trailers for "Gangster Squad," which had been set for a Sept. 7 release, prominently featured the shootout. The 1940s period piece, centered on gangster Mickey Cohen's attempted takeover of Los Angeles, stars Sean Penn and Ryan Gosling and comes from "Zombieland" director Ruben Fleischer.
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April 16, 2014 | By Daniel Miller
Former White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers has been named head of Warner Bros. corporate communications, replacing longtime studio executive Sue Fleishman.  Myers, who served as White House press secretary during President Clinton's first term, will begin work at Burbank-based Warner Bros. on Sept. 2.  Fleishman, who had worked at Warner Bros. for nine years, stepped down from her post this week. She oversaw communications for Warner Bros. during a two-year corporate succession race that ended in January 2013 with the announcement that Kevin Tsujihara would succeed   Barry Meyer as chief executive and chairman of Hollywood's biggest movie studio.
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March 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Andy Serkis, the actor who breathed life into the computer-generated characters of Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" movies and Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and the upcoming "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," will make his directorial debut with a live-action adaptation of "The Jungle Book" for Warner Bros., according to the Hollywood Reporter. It is unclear if Serkis will star in the film, THR reports . Though he is best known as an actor, Serkis does have directing chops too: He served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson's two "Hobbit" movies, including the elaborate and widely praised barrel chase scene in "The Desolation of Smaug.
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March 15, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Some of the Marshmallows behind "Veronica Mars" are getting heated. A pocket of contributors who helped bankroll the movie through Kickstarter are not exactly pleased customers, taking to the fundraising site to lament about their struggles in downloading their digital copy of the movie. Warner Bros., the studio behind the film, will provide refunds to frustrated funders who seek it, a representative confirmed. REVIEW: 'Veronica Mars' welcomes the old gang back for familiar fun Contributors were provided codes for  downloading  the film via Flixter, the studio's Ultraviolet-connected movie site.
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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
After convincing some 91,000 fans to donate $5.7 million toward the making of a "Veronica Mars" movie, you'd think show creator Rob Thomas would take a breather. After all, no film on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter had ever raised that much, and now Thomas finally had the greenlight from Warner Bros. to turn his television show into a feature film. But in fact, it was only when he finally had the serious chunk of change in hand that he really began to worry. "Once we raised the money and it became a fan-funded movie, there was this added pressure to give 'Veronica Mars' fans what they wanted," said the writer-director.
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March 3, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
Alfonso Cuaron, who labored for four years in creating "Gravity," won the Oscar Sunday for best director at the 86th Academy Awards. The native Mexican filmmaker, who had already won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA and the Directors Guild Award, became the first Latin-American to win the Academy Award in the category. The director received a rousing reception when his name was announced. When he finally reached the stage after hugging and kissing several well-wishers, Cuaron shared a soulful handshake with presenter and Oscar winner Sidney Poitier.
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February 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before making sure "The Americans" is on my DVR. The Skinny: Very excited that FX's "The Americans" is back Wednesday night. If you're not watching, start. It will easily fill the void left by the shark-jumping "Homeland. " I'm also strangely excited for the rain we're supposed to get. Today's Fix includes a preview of this Sunday's Oscars and a look at the museum the movie academy is building. Also, more stories about the challenges the Dodgers channel is facing getting distributed.
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July 18, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Reality television savant Mike Darnell is joining Warner Bros. Television Group as president of unscripted and alternative television. Considered one of the pioneers of the reality genre, Darnell has been a free agent since May when he resigned from Fox Broadcasting after almost two decades there. He has played a key part in the success of both wholesome shows such as "American Idol" as well as "When Animals Attack," "My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance" and more lowbrow fare. At Warner Bros., Darnell will be reunited with Peter Roth, a former top executive at Fox who is now president and chief content officer of the Warner Bros.
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November 26, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
Warner Bros. has extended a deal with its longtime partner Village Roadshow Pictures, which has secured debt financing of more than $1.1 billion to invest in upcoming movies like "The Great Gatsby," "Lego," and "Mad Max: Fury Road. " The agreement is a critical one for the Burbank studio, as Village Roadshow is one of two companies that put up half the budgets for most of Warner Bros.' productions. Village, which has worked with Warner since 1997, will continue to do so through the end of 2017 under the new deal.
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February 14, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Ben Affleck's CIA thriller "Argo" topped the digital movie purchases and rentals charts in 2013, outselling "World War Z" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness. " According to research company Rentrak Corp., the 2013 Academy Award-winning film from Warner Bros., which is based on a true story about a phony movie production set up to help six Americans escape Iran in 1979, nabbed the No. 1 spot. Paramount's "World War Z" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness" were No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
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February 13, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Filmgoers who've seen “The Lego Movie” since it came out last weekend have no doubt been tickled by the movie's pop-culture shout-outs. Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Shaquille O'Neal and Gandalf are among those getting loving (and not-so-loving) homages in the new animated movie. In fact, there are so many outside references in the Warner Bros. film that one can't imagine that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller wanted any other charcaters. But they did, and it's a doozy.
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