EXCLUSIVE: Deadline has discovered that Warner Bros. Worldwide Studio Operations has fashioned a brand new administration construction which can rep three traces of enterprise for the studio:
Dan Darkish has been promoted to EVP, Worldwide Studio Operations; Sarah Roots has been promoted to EVP, Worldwide Studio Excursions and Retail; and Kim Waugh will proceed to supervise the Studio’s award-winning publish manufacturing operations as EVP, Worldwide Publish Manufacturing Artistic Companies.
“Our studio and manufacturing environments are globally acknowledged as best-in-class, and that’s solely due to the good individuals we’ve main our operations, together with Kim, Sarah and Dan,” mentioned Jeff Nagler, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Studio Operations in a press release to Deadline. “These promotions and this new administration construction not solely acknowledge the various contributions every of them has made to our success, but additionally spotlight the diploma to which we’ll be relying on their management. I congratulate and stay up for persevering with shut collaboration with every of them, notably as we navigate our present unprecedented circumstances and drive the technique for the reengagement of our core enterprise operations within the close to future.”
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In his new function, Darkish will oversee all studio operations in each Burbank and Warner Bros.’ U.Okay.-based manufacturing facility, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden. This oversight entails all manufacturing companies, together with set lighting, grip, costume, property, archives, transportation, building and workplace companies, and worldwide safety. Darkish relocated from London to Burbank for the brand new publish.
Roots could have oversight of the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood and Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, in addition to handle the groups answerable for rising these tour companies. On the retail aspect, she will probably be answerable for all consumer-facing retail experiences related to the Studio Excursions, in addition to owned-and-operated stand-alone ventures, together with the upcoming Harry Potter New York flagship retail retailer and the Studio’s Platform 9¾ retail experiences.
Waugh will proceed in his function in overseeing all publish manufacturing artistic ending for movie, TV and video games on the studio’s publish operations in Burbank, New York (Warner Bros. Sound New York) and London (Warner Bros. De Lane Lea). Below Waugh’s management, the Studio’s publish companies have grown considerably to incorporate each sound and film ending, in addition to a full vary of companies on the Burbank-based Movement Image Imaging (mastering/restoration/new theatrical).
Previous to this promotion, Darkish Served as SVP and Managing Director, Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden, the function by which he joined the corporate in 2011. On this function, he was answerable for overseeing the manufacturing facility in addition to the lighting and scaffolding division, Warner Bros. Manufacturing Leases, the artistic hub Warner Bros. Leavesden Park and the award-winning customer attraction Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Darkish’s affiliation with Leavesden started earlier than Warner Bros. bought the property in 2010—he was related to the property when employed by Eon Productions to develop the Leavesden Aerodrome right into a manufacturing facility for the function movie Goldeneye within the mid-1990s. Darkish has additionally labored in particular results and developed and created a tv manufacturing facility in Spain early in his profession.
Roots most not too long ago served as SVP, Worldwide Excursions, having joined Warner Bros. in October 2010 as VP and Normal Supervisor, Worldwide Excursions. Previous to that, she served as Director, Communications and Customer Expertise on the Nationwide Maritime Museum, Queen’s Home and Royal Observatory in London. Earlier than that, she spent 5 years at The Nationwide Belief, most not too long ago as Director, Central Buyer Companies, having beforehand served as Head of Advertising and Supporter Growth. She additionally spent six years working in Theme Park Operations and Visitor Companies at The Tussauds Group.
Waugh was promoted to his present place in early 2019. Earlier than that, he served as SVP, Worldwide Publish Manufacturing Companies, having joined Warner Bros. in October 2004. Previous to that, he was SVP, Gross sales and Advertising at AscentMedia Artistic Sound Companies. He was beforehand President of Soundelux Vine Avenue Studios and Signet Soundelux Studios (Motown Hitsville Studios), having held numerous positions on the predecessors of these two sound operations. Waugh is a member of the Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences (AMPAS), Cinema Audio Society (CAS) and the Movement Image Sound Editors (MPSE).