Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Warner Bros. Chairman And CEO Kevin Tsujihara Resigns

Today (18th March), Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO (Chief Executive Officer) – Kevin Tsujihara announced that he’s stepping down and leaving the movie studio. Kevin has worked for Warner Bros for 25 years, and since 2013, he was in charge of the studio. He had a promising future at Warner Bros. because of a newly expanded job role, with popular brands such as Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, TCM and Crunchyroll added to his supervisory responsibilities after the announcement of the reformation of WarnerMedia only two weeks ago. Kevin Tsujihara was also the first person of East Asian descent to run a Hollywood studio.

In a Hollywood Reporter article from 6th March, it was emerged that text messages were exchanged between Kevin and actress Charlotte Kirk, according to the texts, Kevin attempted to get movie auditions for Charlotte in exchange for a sexual relationship. Charlotte Kirk has appeared in two Warner Bros. films: 2016’s How to Be Single and 2018’s Ocean’s 8. Kevin’s personal attorney claimed that Kevin had no direct involvement in hiring Charlotte Kirk. The allegations are overshadowing of what could be an exciting time at Warner Bros. and WarnerMedia as a whole.

Before resigning, Kevin left an internal memo for his colleagues at Warner Bros., the memo reads as follows:

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past week and a half, I have been reflecting on how the attention on my past actions might impact the company’s future. After lengthy introspection, and discussions with John Stankey over the past week, we have decided that it is in Warner Bros.’ best interest that I step down as Chairman and CEO.

I love this company and the people that make it so great. I’ve been honored to head this organization and work alongside all of its talented employees over the past 25 years. Together we’ve built this studio into an unequivocal leader in the industry.

However, it has become clear that my continued leadership could be a distraction and an obstacle to the company’s continued success. The hard work of everyone within our organization is truly admirable, and I won’t let media attention on my past detract from all the great work the team is doing.

I am overwhelmed and grateful for the outpouring of support I have received from colleagues and industry partners during this difficult time.

Again, I am so proud of the great work that you do every day to make Warner Bros. the gold standard in our industry. It has been a pleasure to work alongside each and every one of you, and I wish you all the absolute best.

Kevin’s boss, WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey also made a statement regarding his departure:

“It is in the best interest of WarnerMedia, Warner Bros., our employees and our partners for Kevin to step down as Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Kevin has contributed greatly to the studio’s success over the past 25 years and for that we thank him. Kevin acknowledges that his mistakes are inconsistent with the Company’s leadership expectations and could impact the Company’s ability to execute going forward.”

John Stankey and WarnerMedia’s board of directors has yet to announce who will replace Kevin Tsujihara as Warner Bros. new CEO. This is an unusual time at the company, after seeing the announced departure of the chairmen of Turner (David Levy), HBO (Richard Plepler) and Warner Bros. (Kevin Tsujihara) within the space of a fortnight. An interim Warner Bros. leadership team will be announced tomorrow (19th March).

What does Kevin Tsujihara’s resignation mean for Cartoon Network?

The resignation of Kevin Tsujihara shouldn’t directly affect Cartoon Network’s operations, as Turner remains to be a going concern as restructuring can be a lengthy and difficult process and WarnerMedia’s future plans were only announced two weeks ago. Christina Miller remains to be President and General Manager of Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim.




First Ever Cartoon Network Hotel To Open In Pennsylvania In Summer 2019

First Ever Cartoon Network Hotel To Open In Pennsylvania In Summer 2019

First Ever Cartoon Network Hotel To Open In Pennsylvania In Summer 2019

Today (30th October), Cartoon Network USA has announced that they will be opening their first ever themed hotel next summer in partnership with Palace Entertainment. The new hotel will be located within walking distance from Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (on Route 30), also owned by Palace Entertainment.

The new 165 room hotel will join Cartoon Network’s international portfolio of attractions and family experiences, including the Cartoon Network Wave cruise ship and the Cartoon Network Zone at IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai. Hotel guests will be immersed in the world of animation with characters from popular Cartoon Network shows including Adventure Time, We Bare Bears and The Powerpuff Girls. The entire hotel will make use of creative technology and character animation which will offer fun ways to entertain guests from the moment they arrive.

The nine-acre hotel will feature an interactive lobby with surprises, a swimming pool and water play area, an outdoor amphitheater with an oversized movie screen featuring worldwide new episode premieres, Summer Camp Island themed lawn games and fire pits and much more. Each guest room and suite will feature show theming that can be customised around children’s choices to make each visit a new adventure. In the hotel, there’s also an all-year-round swimming pool, game room, coffee lounge, wine bar, kids play area and a Cartoon Network store.

Palace Entertainment currently owns and operates more than 20 amusement parks, water parks, and family entertainment centres across the United States and Australia. The Cartoon Network Hotel is Palace Entertainments first time partnering with an international brand on a lodging property.

From The Cartoon Network USA Press Release: Cartoon Network and Palace Entertainment Develop Premier Hotel Experience: The Network’s First Hotel Will Open Summer 2019

October 30, 2018 – Some of the world’s most well-loved cartoon characters will be coming to life through a partnership announced today by Cartoon Network and Palace Entertainment. The Cartoon Network Hotel will be the premier family lodging experience in Central Pennsylvania.

Joining a global portfolio of great Cartoon Network family experiences, the Network’s first hotel will feature 165 rooms and immerse guests in the animation and antics of characters from shows like Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, and The Powerpuff Girls. Through a combination of character animation and creative technology, the entire property will offer fun and unexpected ways to experience the animated worlds of Cartoon Network from the moment of arrival.

The nine-acre destination will feature an interactive lobby with surprises around every corner, a brand-new resort-style pool and water play zone, an outdoor amphitheater with an oversized movie screen, lawn games, fire pits and more!

The experience continues inside, where each guest room and suite will feature interchangeable show theming that can be customized around children’s preferences to make each visit a new adventure. An indoor pool, game room, kids play area, and Cartoon Network store will keep the fun going regardless of the season.

The Cartoon Network Hotel is centrally located along the Route 30 commercial stretch in the heart of Lancaster County and is just steps from the castle doors of Dutch Wonderland Family Amusement Park.

Palace Entertainment currently owns and operates more than 20 amusement parks, water parks, and family entertainment centers across the United States and Australia. The Cartoon Network Hotel will be the first hotel of its kind and Palace’s first time partnering with an international brand on a lodging property.

“With just the right mix of technology, design and animation, we’re aiming to bring our characters to life in a way that we haven’t seen done before”, said Christina Miller, President Cartoon Network-Adult Swim- Boomerang. “We can’t wait to be part of many family vacations with the ultimate Cartoon Network experience.”

“This is going to be a game changer,” said Rolf Paegert, Chief Operating Officer of Palace Entertainment. “With sleek contemporary designs that parents will appreciate and Easter egg type surprises for kids throughout the resort, the entire family will love this place. Cartoon Network’s stories and themes appeal to everyone in a fun whimsical way. We are thrilled to be part of bringing the Cartoon Network experience to Lancaster, evolving the family hospitality and accommodations industry within the region. The new hotel will enhance the tourism in Lancaster offering several options in hospitality choices for families.”

The hotel is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. For more information, please visit www.cartoonnetworkhotel.com.



Cartoon Network USA Continues Its Stop Bullying: Speak Up Initiative With New Animated PSAs

Cartoon Network USA Continues Its Stop Bullying: Speak Up Initiative With New Animated PSAs

Cartoon Network USA Continues Its Stop Bullying: Speak Up Initiative With New Animated PSAs

Cartoon Network USA has partnered with Committee for Children, a social-emotional learning organisation and Vancouver, Canada based creative studio – Giant Ant to produce a new series of PSAs (Public Service Announcements) for its Stop Bullying: Speak Up Initiative. The new PSAs feature real-life kids’ stories about being bullied at school, whether its being picked on while playing American Football or during lunchtime in the cafeteria. The five 15-and-30-second spots feature the voices and stories of 9-to-11-year-olds on how to reduce bullying among elementary school students. All the kids featured in the PSAs participated in Cartoon Network’s/Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Making Caring Common project (MCC) survey.

Each PSA features a well-recognised Cartoon Network cartoon character including Gumball, or Teen Titans Go!’s Beast Boy helping out a bullied kid, although cartoon characters aren’t real, each story does have a happy ending in real life.

According to the research, Cartoon Network found nearly two-thirds (62 percent) of kids say they have been bullied at least once or twice and those who prioritize “caring about others” are far less likely to bully and more likely to reach out to other kids. Also according to the study, more than half (58 percent) of kids who have seen someone getting picked on or being left out say they don’t help out because they don’t know what to do or say.

The brand new PSAs that have a have a special focus on promoting kindness, caring and empathy among kids are now airing on the Cartoon Network USA television channel from today (10th September) as well as other Turner channels in the United States. The PSAs will air leading up until National Bullying Prevention month in October:

Commenting Cartoon Network’s continuing anti-bullying initiative, Cartoon Network’s president and general manager – Christina Miller said:

“Our main mission at Cartoon Network is to provide fun and entertainment, but we also have a long-standing commitment to use our platform responsibly,” Christina Miller, president of Cartoon Network, said in a statement. “Now more than ever we need to step up and support kids learning how to be kind, caring, and empathetic, so we can stop bullying before it starts.”

In addition to the brand new PSAs, Cartoon Network has also expanded its partnership with youth writing organization – 826 National, to animate stories about bullying written by kids share them across the network’s media platforms. This builds on CN’s and 826 National’s existing Inclusion Storytelling Project which provides the tools and encouragement for kids to share their own stories about kindness and empathy.

To find out more and to watch the new Stop Bullying: Speak Up PSAs please follow the link below: