Kevin Tsujihara Named Head of Warner Bros
Y. Peter Kang
Author: Y. Peter Kang
Posted: January 29th, 2013
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Time Warner tapped Kevin Tsujihara as chief executive of Warner Bros., making him just the second Asian American to head a major Hollywood studio, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The appointment of Tsujihara, 48, currently head of Warner Bros. home entertainment division, ends a two-year battle to find a successor to current chairman and CEO Barry Meyer, who will retire in December.

Tsujihara, a third-generation Japanese American from the Bay Area, will take over on March 1 and was largely considered a dark-horse candidate for the job, since tradition dictates the head of the TV unit generally takes over.

“Everyone needs a leader, and Kevin was the person best equipped to unify the company at this time,” Meyer said in an interview, according to the Times. “We just thought he was the best choice for the whole company.”

Tsujihara, who will gain the chairman title when Meyer steps down, does not have experience running the company’s marquee movie and television businesses. In fact, the USC graduate had launched a tax preparation website before joining Warner Bros. in 1994.

His ascension is notable not only because of the lack of racial diversity in Hollywood’s corporate suites but also because studio chiefs in the past have come from the worlds of television, marketing and film distribution — but never the newer business of home entertainment. Tsujihara worked in business development and online content before taking his current post as head of home entertainment and digital distribution in 2005.’s Nikki Finke said  ”Hollywood is stunned” and Tsujihara’s appointment ”just destabilized Warner Bros. in a big way” since half of the company’s revenue comes from its TV unit.

Trade publication Variety said the appointment surprised many Hollywood insiders.

As chief of the studio’s home video division, Tsujihara had been seen as something of a long shot in a three-way battle with Warner Bros. Picture Group president Jeff Robinov and Warner Bros. TV Group president Bruce Rosenblum to succeed Barry Meyer, who will remain chairman through 2013.

Tsujihara’s hiring makes him just the second Asian American head of a Hollywood studio. In the late 1990s, Chris Lee was president of motion picture production for Columbia/TriStar Pictures, which was later acquired by Sony.

  • new school

    haha, these comments just got funny. i applaud all of you on your humor. if only YouTube had funnier comments like this…

  • LSP


  • oh for fuchs sake

    hey old school, please dont buy any semi-automatic rifles… first of all, bravo at the “RETARD” as a way of addressing me. You sure told me. Burn on the japanese kids that BULLIED you and dont forget that white guy at UPS who cut line in front of you and the black chick at Ralphs who called you Jackie chan.

    Please stop harboring so much anger inside. You are every KA weirdo I know that does not have an american identity or a korean identity, so you guys bottle up all those little incidents (college) and lash out at everyone because you dont fit in anywhere, living a sad angry life.

    Did I say to “drop anyone”? A mature discourse or at worst a stern objection would have sufficed you big pussy. You dont have to resort to violence all the time you dumb ape. Were you too SCARED to say anything? Yeah yeah, I get you werent intimidated by the 3 times you mentioned you WERENT intimidated, you big pussy.

    I dont know where you’ve been? Sure I do, the mean, hard, ghetto streets of “Torrance and Gardena, CA” …. Home of Tastea and Lollicup. You sure are hard G dog. Did you major in hard knocks at that school where you were BULLIED by accounting majors?
    I’ll admit I don’t know what youve been thru. Living in Torrance and Gardena. Jeez I could only imagine the horrors: indian casinos and uhh more casinos.

    Why are you so jaded? You seem like such a drag. I thought twice about replying cuz you might take it out on your mom , WHO I know you live with.

    Listen, this is all in fun. Dont take it seriously. I’m just messing with you. I dont want to be responsible if you flip out at work and start taking out your coworkers. I mean, I eat at Denny’s all the time.

    P.S. youre a big pussy

  • Uh

    First off,

    All Asians are clannish and tribal, but to different extents. Koreans are the MOST clannish and tribal of all the Asian Americans BUT so what? I’m sure you guys have good reason to be (you guys have the most advanced internal infrastructure of any API group and need to protect the autonomy of that system). Good for you!

    Now for a magazine like KoreAm…so many of the people who CONTRIBUTE TO ITS INFRASTRUCTURE are non-Korean.

    How can you tell a Chinese American intern (who is working hard for free) to only cover Korean American issues?

  • old school

    @2, first of all…RETARD, get your English comprehension skills right. “but your racist ass rant about racist japanese kids who indirectly bullied you is pretty sa”- JAs never bullied me. Bullying occurs when another intimidates you. I was never intimidated by Japanese Americans, nor ABCs, or any Asian group for that matter. What should I have done? when the Japanese American guy was ranting something like “Koreans, they don’t hang out with others…they ignore you if approach them. They’re clannish….” Should I have popped that fool in the jaw, and drop his ass in a college lecture hall?…Japanese-Americans never initimidated me; I’ve always perceived them as meek, passive aggressive. Muthaf’qa, I grew up in Torrance and Gardena, CA, and speak from experience. Second, muthaf’qa, you don’t know me, where I’ve been, so don’t make rash conclusions about my comments, especially when your faggot ass can’t comprehend it correctly.

    @3, “as a korean american working in the entertainment biz” Good luck, because all the luck in the world won’t get you anywhere in the entertainment biz, not Tinseltown at least. A close friend of mine who’s got deep clout wrt to pilots (try like NBC) tells me how starving actors/actresses are like people who continuously buy lotto tickets. It’s literally like, 1 in a million, that you will get the big break to even get a minor role in something. And he’s Jewish too.

  • new school

    really? wow. as a korean american working in the entertainment biz, an asian american getting appointed to be ceo of arguably the biggest hollywood studio is relevant to me. another asian american jeremy lin, altho not korean, is also relevant to me. kpop news is relevant to me.
    my identity is part american, part korean american, part asian american. so these stories are all relevant to me. and koream covering asian american news with a korean american point of view is relevant to me.
    old school, im not trying to attack you, but you should create your korean american-focused blog or even contribute articles to koream. its ok to have a different point of view, by all means please express it. i think it’s stupid (and lazy) to express your point of view by criticizing and putting down other points of view by talking sh!t.

  • oh for fuchs sake

    what the hell are you talking about virginia tech? that bottled up anger from your college days (for gods sake I’m assuming was 15+ years ago) makes you sound sort of like a psycho. Let all that anger go man. Just not on other people.

    Granted koream seems to be struggling with its identity and who their actual audience is; but your racist ass rant about racist japanese kids who indirectly bullied you is pretty sad.

    Is that last sentence what you wish you wouldve said to those kids in class? Its ok, the voices will stop. The voices will stop shouting

  • old school

    One thing I don’t understand about Koream is how they put up these stories of “other” Asians. I mean, it’s great that a Japanese-American person rose to a prominent position…But with all due respect…I don’t care. Is Koream trying to ride everyone’s coattails? If it was a 2% Korean person who did this, that…then Koream pounces on that muthaf’qa like white on rice. Is Koream turning into a pan-Asian theme?..I remember when I first read this magazine, in the early 90s, that Koream was about the “Korean American,” gyo-po experience. Fast forward about 10, 15 years ahead, and now they’re covering the FOB/K-pop sensation. This publication has morphed into a FOBish milieu.

    When I was in Asian American studies classes back in college, I heard a Japanese-American student or two, whining during socratics, that Koreans, and even Korean-Americans, are clannish and snubbed them in past overtures. It’s kind of funny and hypocritical, that when I reached out to Japanese Americans, they did likewise….So it’s human nature, and not a race-thing or cultural phenomenon.

    ABC people did likewise.

    Filipinos seem to me, the friendliest albeit they keep their distance too.

    So, it’s HUMAN, muthaf’qin NATURE, for people to keep their distance, unless they know you well, but more importantly–like you.

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