A veteran executive at Warner Bros. is stepping down after almost 25 years with the studio. The Los Angeles Times reports that Lisa Rawlins, the senior VP of public affairs, will retire at the end of this year.
Rawlins, a former California film commissioner, indicated that she will be focusing on a project to help retirees.
“She and her husband Richard recently completed construction on a 42-bed memory care center that will provide assistance for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease,” the Times reports. “The center is set to open in October in Newport Beach. They also plan to develop additional senior support facilities on the property to complement the new memory care center, Rawlins said.”
The WB exec said: “It just seemed like the right time for me to do this. It’s something powerful for me and important to me … we both lost our mothers to Alzheimer’s.”
Rawlins has been at Warner Bros. since 1990.
“She was the driving force behind and first director of the California Film Commission, which was launched in 1985,” the Times notes. “Prior to that, she worked in the governor’s office, where she handled press and film production issues.”