President, International Distribution and Growth Initiatives, Warner Bros. Pictures
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg serves as President, International Distribution and Growth Initiatives, Warner Bros. Pictures. In this role, she has oversight of the Studio’s international theatrical distribution, China theatrical growth strategy and theatrical business development. Additionally, she oversees the global alignment of business and technology initiatives and builds partnerships to support new in-cinema experiences. Her purview also includes an enhanced focus on Warner Bros.’ theatrical distribution activities in China, working closely with Gillian Zhao, Warner Bros.’ country manager in China. Kwan Vandenberg is among a select group of senior executives who provide information to the Studio on the market potential of movies under consideration for production. She was named to her current role in September 2016.
In 2016, Kwan Vandenberg and her team are handling the international distribution of one of the industry’s most diverse release slates with titles such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Conjuring 2, Central Intelligence, The Legend of Tarzan, Suicide Squad, War Dogs, Sully, Storks, The Accountant and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, among others.
Prior to her current post, she served as President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, where she was instrumental in helping fully maximize the global revenue-generating potential of Warner Bros.’ theatrical releases.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ 2015 slate was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, with Mad Max: Fury Road, one of the year’s most-nominated titles, winning six Oscars and grossing $375 million worldwide. Other notable 2015 releases, for which Kwan Vandenberg and her team distributed worldwide, were American Sniper (expansion; $546.8 million global box office), San Andreas ($473.5 global box office), The Intern ($194. 2 million), Creed ($171 million) and Focus ($158.3 million).
While responsible for the distribution of the Studio’s international film releases, Kwan Vandenberg and her team handled a number of the Studio’s most successful films in terms of overseas box office, including the eight-film Harry Potter series, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Man of Steel, Interstellar, Gravity, Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Inception, Clash of the Titans, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Gran Torino, Sweeney Todd, I Am Legend, Clint Eastwood’s companion pieces Flags of Our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, Happy Feet and The Departed, as well as the Ocean’s and Sherlock Holmes series.
Kwan Vandenberg’s accomplishments also include shepherding the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world (The Matrix Revolutions in 2003). During Kwan Vandenberg’s tenure, Warner Bros. has grossed over $33 billion at the international box office, with annual box office reaching as high as $3.17 billion in 2014. The Studio has ranked #1 or #2 internationally six times in the last 10 years and surpassed $2 billion annually at the international box office eight times, including the last six years, consecutively.
Previously, Kwan Vandenberg served as Senior Vice President, President of International Distribution and President Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, overseeing sales and distribution matters, managing relationships with exhibitors, partners, film makers, co-production partners and third-party producers. She also worked closely with the regional and international country management teams, as well as the domestic team in analyzing and strategizing theatrical releases around the world.
Her prior positions at Warner Bros. Pictures include Senior Sales Analyst; Manager, International Sales; and Director, International Operations before being promoted to Vice President, Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures International in 1995. She initially joined WBPI as a sales analyst after working in international marketing for Lorimar Film Entertainment.
A member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Kwan Vandenberg earned her MBA from Loyola Marymount University in 1988, whereupon she worked as a research consultant for the German American Chamber of Commerce and published several articles in the German American Business Review. She has also been involved in the MBA Mentor Program for her alma mater, acting as a one-on-one mentor to several young women in the program. In 2012, mentored a young woman through the Hollywood Reporter/Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Los Angeles program; her mentee, Jin Jingxiu is presently attending Harvard University.
Kwan Vandenberg grew up living in six countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia before moving to the United States, and speaks fluent German in addition to her knowledge of French and Cantonese.
She lives with her two children and husband in Los Angeles.