(August 2, 2001 - Burbank, CA) - James Birch has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel for Warner Bros. International Theatres, it was announced today by Millard Ochs, President, Warner Bros. International Theatres (WBIT). Birch has been and will continue to be responsible for all legal and development issues affecting the day-to-day operation and growth of the division. Birch is based in Warner Bros.’ London offices and reports to Ochs. “James’ keen understanding of the rapidly evolving international exhibition business makes him a crucial part of our operation,” said Ochs. “He’s made a number of valuable contributions to our division since joining us five years ago, and I look forward to working with him in this expanded capacity, where we will continue to rely on his expertise and insight.” Prior to his promotion, Birch served as Vice President, Business Affairs & General Counsel, a post he was promoted to in 1998, after joining the company in 1996 as Director, European Business & Legal Affairs, Warner Bros. International Theatres. Before joining Warner Bros., Birch worked as a solicitor at the law firms Rio Tinto plc and prior to that, at the law firm Freshfields.
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