Warner Bros. has officially announced, to the staff, that after weeks of scandal, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara has stepped down from his position as Chairman and CEO of the company. The official statement that was circulated within the staff through email is as follows:
“WarnerMedia today announced that Kevin Tsujihara will step down as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Entertainment.
‘It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.,’ said WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey. ‘Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.’
The Company continues to work with a third-party law firm to complete its investigation with Mr. Tsujihara’s cooperation.
WarnerMedia has yet to name a successor for Tsujihara.”
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara steps down as CEO
The scandal associated with Kevin Tsujihara was him being entering into an alleged sexual relationship with the actress Charlotte Kirk. This relationship was on from 2013 when she was 21. Text messages reveal that this was done in exchange for big roles in the studios’ movies for Charlotte Kirk. Alon with Kevin Tsujihara, other powerful names like Brett Ratner and Avi Lerner were included in the scandal. Previously, in earlier March, Kirk denied the existence of a scandal. She said, “I emphatically deny any inappropriate behaviour on the part of Brett Ratner, James Packer, and Kevin Tsujihara, and I have no claims against any of them.”
But now she has acknowledged that the scandal was indeed real. Check out her latest statement below:
“I acknowledge I may have made some poor choices and I’m sorry for that,” Kirk told the MailOnline. “But I’ve learnt from my mistakes since then and grown a lot, as a person, as a woman, and as a professional actor. I can’t stay quiet any more. It’s bad enough to be defined by others, but when the person they put on the page has no relationship to who I am, I feel compelled to speak out.”
This shift of CEO may affect the future of DCEU as Tsujihara was starting to take DC movies in a better direction. For example, Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman and James Wan’s Aquaman. It is now difficult to say how this shift will affect the DCEU’s future. It totally depends on who takes his place.