Lorenzo di Bonaventura, the head of worldwide production at Warner Bros Pictures, has got a promotion to a new corporate position within Warner Bros itself, prompting a restructure of the film production arm at Burbank.
Di Bonaventura is now executive vice president, worldwide motion pictures, at Warner Bros, reporting to president and chief operating officer Alan Horn. Meanwhile Jeff Robinov has been named president, domestic production, at Warner Bros Pictures, and Steve Papazian has been named president, physical production, at Warner Bros Pictures. Both will report to di Bonaventura, as will Dawn Taubin, president of domestic marketing, since domestic theatrical marketing has now been added to his responsibilities.
"2001 was the best year in the history of Warner Bros. Pictures and 2002 is well on its way to being another record-breaking year," said Horn in a statement. "These changes not only recognize the extraordinary contributions Lorenzo, Jeff, Steve and Dawn have made to this success, but also put in place a structural shift that recognizes and takes advantage of the critically important organic connection between development, production, post-production and marketing."
Di Bonaventura will continue to be "gatekeeper" of all the creative elements for films produced by or with Warner Bros Pictures including those from on-the-lot partners Village Roadshow, Bel Air Entertainment and Gaylord Films and the studio's independent theatrical production deals.
He will also continue to share responsibility for the studio's new local production activities around the world, working closely with executive vice president, international, Richard Fox.
Meanwhile Robinov takes charge of the majority of the day-to-day development process for feature films with the creative production staff and story department reporting to him. He will also serve as the liaison with Castle Rock and oversee the studio's Looney Tunes theatrical shorts programme.
Papazian continues to be in charge of the day-to-day physical production and fiscal aspects of all films produced or co-produced by Warner Bros Pictures. He has been executive vice president, physical production, Warner Bros Pictures, since Jan 1996.