Nineteen-year Studio veteran Kevin Tsujihara became Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. in March 2013. In this role, he oversees worldwide operations, including film, television and video game production, marketing and distribution for one of the most innovative and successful entertainment companies in the world.
Warner Bros., a Time Warner Company, is a global leader in every type of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. The Studio stands at the forefront of every aspect of the industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD, Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting. In 2013, the Studio enjoyed record breaking success. Warner Bros. Pictures finished the year with an industry-leading $5.038 billion in global box office ($1.893 billion domestic; $ 3.145 billion overseas) to take the number one positions in domestic, international and worldwide box office. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment had the leading overall market share for the 13th consecutive year and was number one in a number of key categories, including DVD, Blu-ray and electronic sell-through. And, Warner Bros. Television Groups’ WBTV, Warner Horizon Television, Telepictures Productions and Warner Bros. Animation continued to produce television’s most popular and successful series for the broadcast, cable, pay and digital marketplaces.
Prior to serving as CEO, Tsujihara was President of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, which includes the Studio’s home video, digital distribution, video games, anti-piracy, and emerging technology operations, a post he’d held since WBHE’s founding in October 2005.
Under Tsujihara’s leadership, WBHE dominated the home entertainment sector and continuously ranked as the market share leader in packaged media and digital distribution in the U.S. and abroad. Leveraging Warner Bros.’ market leadership, Tsujihara helped usher the industry into the digital age by developing innovative strategies to accelerate the growth of digital and offset the decline of DVD. In addition to being the first studio to implement a successful windowing strategy for the subscription and kiosk rental market, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment aggressively moved into the digital space, pioneering both domestic and international day-and-date VOD and becoming the first studio to release an UltraViolet-enabled title. Tsujihara also shepherded the Studio’s acquisition of Flixster, aligning its efforts with other major Hollywood studios and leading technology companies. From movies and television to videogames, the Studio’s content is now available on a wide variety of platforms including iTunes worldwide, numerous cable and satellite providers, Xbox LIVE and more.
During his tenure at WBHE, Tsujihara also guided significant deals in the games space, including the acquisitions of Turbine, TT Games, Snowblind Studios, the assets of Midway Games, and Rocksteady Studios. Acquiring the right combination of talent and IP necessary to build great games, while utilizing the existing global infrastructure of Warner Home Video, Warner Bros. has rapidly become a large-scale, full-service global games publisher.
Previous to WBHE, Tsujihara served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development & Strategy, Warner Bros. Entertainment and, before that, Executive Vice President, New Media, responsible for the oversight of all Warner Bros.’ new media endeavors. He joined Warner Bros. in 1994 as Director, Special Projects, Finance. He later went on to assist in the management of the company’s interest in Six Flags.
Tsujihara received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California and his MBA from Stanford University. Upon attaining his MBA from Stanford, Tsujihara founded QuickTax, Inc., an internet company specializing in applying the convenience of the Internet to functions such as the electronic filing of tax and financial data, and retail tax preparation as well. Prior to attending Stanford, he spent four years as a manager in Ernst & Young’s entertainment division, working in the audit and merger and acquisitions areas.
In addition to his professional commitments, Tsujihara sits on the Boards of Directors for the MPAA, City Year Los Angeles (an education-focused, nonprofit organization), the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission, the Verdugo Hills Hospital Foundation, and Kabam (a developer of free-to-play online games). He is also a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.