Richard Fox serves as Executive Vice President, International, Warner Bros. Entertainment, a post to which he was promoted in 1992. In this role he works closely with Kevin Tsujihara, Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros., to develop opportunities emerging from the company’s international growth and to expand newly acquired businesses. In six key overseas territories, U.K., Germany, France, Japan, Italy and Spain, Warner Bros. has appointed Country Managers to manage all of the company’s in-territory businesses. These executives report through Fox to Tsujihara. Additionally, he works with the Studio’s International Theatrical Distribution, International Television, Home Entertainment and Consumer Products divisions.
Fox manages the company’s extensive local-language film production initiative, in which Warner Bros. Pictures serves as a producer, production partner or distributor of locally produced films in various countries around the world. A guiding principle behind this initiative, beyond promoting cultural diversity, is to employ local management and crews to produce films in a country’s native language, while working with the broadest range of in-country talent available. When applicable, the Studio commits its worldwide resources to exporting these films beyond their country of origin, bringing a “local” film to an international audience.
Fox has received a number of commendations for his efforts to promote film production and moviegoing around the world. In May 2011, he was promoted to Officer de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters) following his February 2006 appointment as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) for his lifetime commitment to cultural diversity, as exemplified by his achievements in the world of international film. The prestigious award was created by the French government in 1957 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to creative life in France and throughout the world. Earlier in 2011, Fox was also the recipient of the inaugural CinemaCon Passepartout Award, which honors the achievements of an entertainment industry executive whose dedication and commitment to the international marketplace is unequalled.
In November 2008, Fox received the honorary title Commendatore dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic), which is conferred by the President of the Italian Republic on Italian and foreign citizens who have distinguished themselves through lasting contributions to Italian society. Fox was recognized for his lifetime commitment to cultural diversity, exemplified by his achievements in the international film industry, and for his significant contribution to the development of local production in the Italian movie industry. Previous recipients of the Merito della Repubblica Italiana include Pedro Almodovar, Carlo Verdone, Giuseppe Tornatore, Giorgio Armani and Luciano Benetton.
Fox has spent his entire professional career at Warner Bros. Entertainment, having joined the company in 1975 as a management trainee working in Australia and Japan. In 1977, he became Managing Director of Columbia-Warner Distribution in New Zealand, and in 1978, he was named Managing Director of Warner Bros. in Tokyo (for Japan and Korea). In 1981, he joined the Warner Bros. home office in Burbank as Executive Assistant to the President of Warner Bros. Pictures’ international theatrical distribution division. In 1982, Fox was named Vice President, Sales, moving up to Executive Vice President of Warner Bros. Pictures’ international theatrical distribution division in 1983, and thereafter rose to the post of President of the division in 1985, a post he held for seven years.
Fox was born in New York, received his undergraduate degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook majoring in linguistics and mathematics, and received his master’s degree in linguistics from the University of Michigan.