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 2016, Kwan Vandenberg and her team are handling 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, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, where she was instrumental in helping fully maximize the overseas 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 6 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 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 $3.17b in 2014. The Studio has ranked #1 or #2 studio internationally six times in the last ten 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, 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 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.
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.