Kevin Tsujihara Biography
Kevin Tsujihara (Kevin Ken Tsujihara) is a Japanese American businessman. He is the former chairman and CEO of Warner Bros Entertainment. Tsujihara became the first Asian American to run a major Hollywood studio upon assuming the role of CEO. He later resigned in March 2019 after a casting couch scandal.
Kevin attended the University of Southern California and also an MBA degree from Stanford University. Upon graduating from Stanford, Tsujihara launched QuickTax Inc., a tax preparation website.
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Kevin Ken Tsujihara was born on 25 October, 1964 in Petaluma, California, U.S. He is 54 years old as of 2018.
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He was born to Shizuo and Miyeko “Mickey” Tsujihara and was brought up in Petaluma, California. Tsujihara and his family owned a company that distributed eggs to markets across the San Francisco Bay Area which was called Empire Egg Company.
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Tsujihara is married to Sandy Tsujihara. The couple has two children, a son Matthew Tsujihara and a daughter Morgan Tsujihara.
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Kevin joined Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. in 1994. He helped manage the company’s interest in Six Flags theme parks. Tsujihara focused on business development and online content while employed
at Warner Bros. He was given the position of president of the Warner Bros. Home Entertainment unit in 2015. The Home Entertainment Unit focuses on the home video, online distribution and video games for the company.
Tsujihara was named the new chief executive of Warner Bros in January 2013 following the retirement of Barry Meyer on March 1, 2013. This made him the fifth leader in the 90-year history of Warner Bros and the first Asian American to be the CEO of a major Hollywood studio.
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Entertainment industry publications reported that WarnerMedia is investigating allegations against Tsujihara on March 8, 2019. He was suspected to have promised auditions and/or acting jobs to actress Charlotte Kirk in return for sex. He released a memo apologizing to his colleagues at WarnerMedia for his behavior on March 8, 2019. He later resigned on March 18, 2019.
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Tsujihara was honored with the Visionary Leadership Award at the U.S.-China Entertainment Gala dinner sponsored by The Asia Society on October 30, 2018. He used the opportunity to advocate for further diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the entertainment industry. He also reiterated the need for change on a global scale, challenging longstanding mindsets.
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Tsujihara’s net worth is not yet revealed.
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Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara ousted after sexual misconduct allegations
Updated: 18 March 2019
“Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him,” WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey said in a statement Monday. “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 has yet to name a successor for Tsujihara.
Tsujihara was being investigated for allegedly promising acting roles in exchange for sex. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report such allegations in early March.
THR’s report included text messages between Tsujihara and British actress Charlotte Kirk going back to 2013. WarnerMedia had previously said that a prior investigation did not find any misconduct in Kirk’s casting in films like “Oceans 8.”
Some of these messages seemed to imply that Kirk believed she was used to help close a $450 million co-financing deal between Warner Bros. and RatPac Entertaintment, a production company owned by Australian billionaire James Packer and his business partner Brett Ratner.
RatPac Entertainment was a major partner of Warner Bros’ films like “Justice League,” “It” and “Kong: Skull Island.”
“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,” Kirk said in her statement at the time. “Mr. Tsujihara never promised me anything.”
Ratner was accused of sexual misconduct in 2017 by several women, which he denied. Warner Bros. cut ties with him and his company in 2018.
WarnerMedia, which is owned by AT&T, said it is continuing to work with a third-party law firm to complete its investigation with Tsujihara’s cooperation.
Tsuijhara, 54, had been with the WarnerMedia unit for more than 24 years. He became CEO in early 2013 and became chairman position later that year. Tsuijhara, the first executive of Asian decent to head a major Hollywood studio, led Warner Bros. to have its most profitable year ever in 2017.
However, also under Tsuijhara’s tenure, Warner Bros. struggled to produce DC superhero films at the same caliber of its counterparts at Disney and Marvel Studios. It wasn’t until 2017’s “Wonder Woman” that the studio found true success, taking in $821 million in ticket sales worldwide. A year later, “Aquaman” became the first DC film to cross the $1 billion mark.
After first announcing a deal to acquire Time Warner in 2016, AT&T closed the merger in June 2018. With Tsuijhara’s departure, all of the management that joined AT&T from Time Warner is now gone. Jeff Bewkes, former CEO of Time Warner; John Martin, former CEO of Turner and Richard Plepler, former CEO of HBO, have all departed the company in the last year.