“Ending a power struggle in its senior ranks, Warner Bros. on Tuesday gave control of worldwide film production, marketing and distribution to Toby Emmerich, who rose through the studio by finding hits like ‘It’ and shepherding ‘The Lord of the Rings’ movies,” The New York Times reports.
“Sue Kroll, one of Hollywood’s highest-ranking female executives, will leave Warner’s management team on April 1 to become a producer on the studio’s lot, where she will have offices next to Clint Eastwood and work on films like a remake of ‘A Star Is Born,'” the report adds. “Ms. Kroll had run Warner’s film marketing and distribution division.”
Kroll is quoted in a statement saying: “I love movies, and working even more closely with the filmmakers who bring great stories to life is both a great opportunity and an exciting new challenge for me.”
In an email to the company’s employees, Kevin Tsujihara, the studio’s chairman and CEO, called Kroll “a legend in the marketing world.”
The executive shuffle comes as new corporate oversight is in the works, with AT&T battling the Justice Department for approval of its $85.4 billion acquisition of Warner Bros. parent Time Warner.
The Times report adds: “Mr. Tsujihara positioned the shake-up, which included a promotion for Ms. Kroll’s longtime lieutenant, Blair Rich, as necessary to enhance the studio’s competitiveness. Warner is Hollywood’s No. 1 supplier of television shows and operates a vast video game publishing business. But movies have lately been a soft spot.”