After staring down a new contract deadline of this coming December, Warner Bros. President Jeff Robinov has decided to leave the studio. Per Deadline’s account of the move, Robinov was iced out of the position, as more and more power had been taken away from the executive in recent months. Despite the successful opening of Man of Steel last weekend, Warner Bros. has had a pretty shaky 2013. The Superman film, The Great Gatsby, and The Hangover Part III remain the only bright box office spots on the studio’s 2013 calendar, with the latter two doing big business overseas. Gangster Squad, Jack the Giant Slayer, and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone were all relatively expensive films that failed to deliver big audiences. Hit the jump for more on the future of the studio.
Apparently Robinov is not likely to be replaced by one person, as the studio is apparently poised to be restructured with President of Worldwide Marketing Sue Kroll, President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman, and President of Production Greg Silverman running the studio as a triumvirate under WB Chariman Kevin Tsujihara. Robinov had recently run into difficulties with Legendary Pictures head Thomas Tull, who has been mulling over moving his production company to a different studio after fielding creative control resistance from Robinov. This would be a big loss, as Legendary has been partnering with WB on some massive projects like Man of Steel, the Batman franchise, and the upcoming Godzilla.
The studio is poised to have greater success in the later half of the year, as next month brings Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim and the much buzzed-about horror pic The Conjuring. WB has potential awards fare hitting this fall with the Hugh Jackman-fronted Prisoners and Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi pic Gravity, as well as the guaranteed money-maker The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.