BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Highly respected film executive Sue Kroll, who most recently served as President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, has announced that she will step away from her Studio responsibilities and become a studio-based film producer at Warner Bros. She will be attached to the upcoming films “A Star is Born” and “Motherless Brooklyn” with additional titles to be announced in the coming days.
Warner Bros. announced today it is restructuring its film and home entertainment divisions to enhance its competitiveness in the global marketplace. As part of this transition, Kroll will work with Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros., as a special advisor on the restructuring. She will also continue to oversee the high-profile awards campaigns for “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman,” as well as advise on select Studio releases, including Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One,” slated for release in March.
On April 1, she will move into her producer role. Kroll has a three-year exclusive deal with the Studio, and her production company will be housed on the Burbank lot in a bungalow formerly occupied by Jack Warner.
“I’ve had a wonderful career here at Warner Bros. For the past two decades, I’ve had the privilege of working with some of the most interesting and illustrious filmmakers of our age, and I’ve helped bring their incredible work to many millions of people around the world,” said Kroll. “Along the way, I have built and worked with a fantastic team of people here at the studio. Together, we’ve broken boundaries and redefined what’s possible, and I’m proud of all that we’ve achieved. Blair Rich, who’s a terrific executive, will lead the marketing team into the next phase of our industry’s evolution, and I know she’ll be great.
“I’m excited to be moving into this next chapter of my career. I’ve gained valuable insight from my years in marketing and distribution, as well as other aspects of filmmaking, and I’m eager to bring this unique perspective to my role as a producer. 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. I’m thrilled to be doing this here at Warner Bros., and I look forward to working with Kevin, Toby, Blair, Ron and the entire studio team in my new capacity.”
“I’d like to thank Sue for her incredible contributions to our film operations over the last twenty-plus years,” said Tsujihara. “With her at the helm of our film marketing and distribution efforts, the Studio has consistently been recognized as the industry’s gold standard, a tastemaker and the place where top filmmakers want to work. Sue is both creative and strategic and has amazing relationships with filmmakers, so I have no doubt she’ll be a huge asset to our production operations. I’m really excited to be working with her in this new role.”
“Sue holds all the cards to be a successful producer — she’s smart, strategic, creative and has many meaningful relationships with great filmmakers,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “I have deep respect for her taste, talent and passion for film, and I look forward to our continued friendship and collaboration in her new role as a producer on the lot.”
Kroll joined Warner Bros. in 1994, and most recently served as President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. She has been one of the film division’s senior-most marketing executives for nearly two decades, serving first as Senior Vice President, International Marketing and then President, International Marketing, from 2000-2007. In 2008, she was elevated to President, Worldwide Marketing; in 2013, she added responsibility for international distribution to her purview; and in 2015, she was named President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.
During her tenure, Warner Bros. has consistently been one of the industry’s most creatively and financially successful film studios. 2017 was the biggest year in the studio’s history, with $5.13 billion in global box office -- the second time it has passed the $5 billion mark. The film division has crossed the $1 billion mark domestically and internationally in each of the last 18 years; in 2004, the international operation set an industry record of $2.19 billion; in 2007, the international division set another industry benchmark at $2.24 billion; in 2009, Warner Bros. became the first major studio to cross $4 billion in a single year without the addition of secondary division’s receipts; and in 2013, Warner Bros. Pictures became only the second studio in history to cross $5 billion in global box office.
Throughout her Studio career, Kroll has worked closely with some of the most respected directors in the industry, including Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, Patty Jenkins, Steven Spielberg, Ben Affleck, David Yates, Alfonso Cuarón, Zack Snyder, Todd Phillips, Peter Jackson, George Miller, the Wachowskis, Nancy Meyer, Robert Zemeckis and Guillermo del Toro.
The films on which she’s overseen marketing are some of the most popular and profitable of the last two decades, including “Wonder Woman,” “Dunkirk,” “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” all eight Harry Potter films, “Suicide Squad,” “Sully,” “The Accountant,” “American Sniper,” “Interstellar,” “The LEGO Movie,” “Argo,” “Gravity,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and its sequels, “The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Inception,” “Sherlock Holmes” and its sequel, “The Hangover” trilogy, “I Am Legend,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “300,” the Ocean’s movies, “Happy Feet,” “Beowulf,” “The Departed,” “Constantine,” “The Polar Express,” “Troy,” “The Last Samurai,” The Matrix trilogy, “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Letters from Iwo Jima.”
Under her global marketing leadership, the Studio won the Best Picture Oscar for “Argo,” and received Best Picture nominations for “The Blind Side,” “Inception,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “American Sniper” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”