(December 10, 2015 – Burbank, CA) – Reg Harpur, Executive Vice President, Operations and Planning, Warner Bros. Entertainment, will assume greater oversight and responsibilities for the Studio’s international operations, it was announced today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros.
As part of his new responsibilities, Harpur will have day-to-day oversight of the company’s Amsterdam regional distribution hub and the Country Managers, the cross-divisional executives who oversee Warner Bros.’ businesses in key international territories, including the U.K. and Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.
Country Managers previously reported jointly to Tsujihara and Richard Fox, who will relocate to China in 2016 to manage the Studio’s businesses there as well as oversee Warner Bros.’ interests in Flagship Entertainment, a film co-production joint venture with China Media Capital; they will now report to Tsujihara and Harpur. Fox will work with Tsujihara and Harpur to recruit and hire a Country Manager in China.
Harpur will continue to work closely with the Studio’s executive management team to further develop and implement opportunities across the company’s global businesses, including in emerging markets.
“With more than 20 years at the Studio, Reg is well-versed in every aspect of our business,” said Tsujihara. “With these new responsibilities, he will bring valuable insight and expertise to our international operations, which are responsible for more than half the Studio’s revenues. He’s a great colleague, and I look forward to working with him in this new role.”
Harpur was promoted to his current position in December 2014. He joined the company in 1992, and became Senior Vice President and Controller in 1994. In that role, he was responsible for managing, directly and indirectly, Warner Bros.’ worldwide finance and accounting staff of more than 1,000 employees. He was also responsible for the company’s near-term and long-range financial planning, as well as its treasury, tax and financial compliance functions.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Harpur was a partner with Ernst & Young, where he served clients of the firm’s Los Angeles area offices and specialized in audit, acquisition and advisory services to the filmed entertainment, recorded music, music publishing and broadcasting industries. During his tenure with E&Y, he assisted Warner Bros. with its acquisition of Lorimar Television and Warner Bros./Warner Communications in its merger with Time Inc.
Harpur was a key member of the AICPA’s Motion Picture Task Force, a seven-member group of industry specialists who convened during 1999-2000 to draft the current U.S. accounting guidance for producers and distributors of film and television product.