President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures
Veronika Kwan Vandenberg serves as President, Worldwide Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. In this role, she works closely with Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and the Studio’s network of overseas offices and affiliates, to strategically date film releases for the global marketplace. She was promoted to her current role in July 2015.
Charged with the release of the Studio’s films worldwide, Kwan Vandenberg oversees all matters relating to global film distribution and release functions, including dating strategies, competitive positioning, tracking of box-office grosses and film rentals, exhibitor trade relations, filmmaker relationships, tracking film performances and market data and trends, as well as divisional anti-piracy efforts for Warner Bros. Pictures. 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.
In 2015, Kwan Vandenberg and her team are handling one of the industry’s most diverse release slates with titles such as Clint Eastwood’s critically acclaimed and record-breaking American Sniper (expansion), Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, Magic Mike XXL, Vacation, Black Mass, The Intern, Pan, Our Brand is Crisis and In the Heart of the Sea.
Prior to her current post, she served as President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, where she was instrumental in helping fully maximize the overseas revenue-generating potential of Warner Bros.’ theatrical releases.
In 2014, Warner Bros. Pictures grossed a record $3.17 billion at the international box office—a Studio record—marking the 14th consecutive year Warner Bros. grossed over $1 billion internationally and the seventh time it has crossed the coveted $2 billion box office mark. Warner Bros. has also exceeded $4 billion in total global receipts for six consecutive years (2009 - 2014), a milestone no other studio has ever achieved. Globally, Warner Bros. Pictures has ranked #1 or #2 ten of the last 11 years, a feat matched by no other studio.
While responsible for 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, Gravity, Man of Steel, Interstellar, 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). Under her tenure as President, WBPI, the Studio has released three of the top five “R” rated films of all-time internationally: The Matrix Reloaded, which grossed $460.6 million internationally (#1); Troy with $366 million (#4); The Last Samurai with $346 million (#5).
Previously, Kwan Vandenberg served as Senior Vice President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, since 1997, overseeing sales and distribution matters, including acting as a liaison with its various co-production partners and third-party producers. She also worked closely with the regional and country management teams in analyzing and strategizing theatrical releases in the overseas marketplace.
Her other 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, 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 MBA students. Most recently, she has been mentoring a young girl through The Hollywood Reporter and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Los Angeles program.
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.