Courtenay Valenti to leave Warner Bros as president of production after 33 years – Deadline

exclusive: After 33 years at Warner Bros. Pictures, acquisitions including Lego Franchise, The Last Four Harry Potter film, multiple oscar winner Mad Max: Fury Road and this summer’s hot Elvis, Courtenay Valenti, the studio’s president of production and development, has decided to leave.

While there has been a lot of news about layoffs at Warner Bros. Discovery, Valenti’s departure is not the case. This is a well-respected studio executive with a stellar performance who wants to move on to the next step in life. Valenti will leave at the end of October, leaving behind Kevin McCormick, Jesse Ellman, Sheila Walcott, Kate Adams and Peter Dodd, a joint venture of Warner Bros. Pictures Group Led by Chairman and CEO Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdi.

Recent and upcoming photos​​ Valenti is responsible for including Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, The film, which brought senior citizens back into theaters, grossed close to $300 million worldwide and became the Australian filmmaker’s highest-grossing film in the U.S. with $148 million.Valenti also led the recent Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secret (Actually the whole Fantastic Beasts franchise); Greta Gerwig Barbie Starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken; George Miller’s Epic Mad Max Prequel, Furiosa, Produced in Australia; and featured in Broadway musicals Purple Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

“We know Courtenay and have admired her work for many years,” De Luca and Abdy said in a statement to Deadline. “She has been integral to the success of Warner Bros. Pictures for over three decades and has been involved in directing some of the studio’s most popular and successful films. Respected throughout the creative world, she has Much loved in this land, she will be sorely missed. We know she will have great success in her next endeavor and join all her colleagues in wishing her the very best.”

“Leaving the World Bank after 33 years was not an easy decision,” Valenti told us. “Looking back on my time at Warner Bros., I couldn’t be more proud of the contributions my colleagues and I have made to the studio and to the big screen. A huge thank you for spending time with them and some of the most dynamic and creative icons in film I want to thank David Zaslav, Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy for their support as I start the next chapter. They are passionate about storytelling, movies, filmmakers and especially the theatrical experience. Likewise, they love Warner Bros. as much as I do , I know they will lead this legendary studio to the top.”

Valenti was appointed President of Production in May 2017. In this role, she oversees and manages WBPG’s live-action and animation development team and budget, and works closely with department leaders on overall development. The daughter of the late Motion Picture Association of America president and film rating pioneer Jack Valentine, she rose through the creative development ranks in Burbank, California, most recently as co-president of Warner Bros. Pictures.She’s an integral force in the studio’s vibrant comeback to animation Lego Franchise and Oscar-winning Miller director Happy feet. She’s also behind Luhrmann’s two Oscars and $354 million in box office receipts the great gatsby and intern From writer-director Nancy Meyers, and several others.

Earlier in her career, she developed and supervised films such as Nora Ephron’s films You’ve got mailAlfonso Cuaron little princessBrad Bird steel giant, Cameron Crowe singlesRobert Zemeckis touch and Gregory Nava Selena in.

Valenti was born in Houston and grew up in Washington, DC. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University, majoring in English and Economics. After graduation, she worked in mortgage finance at Lehman Brothers, an investment bank in New York City, first as a mortgage finance analyst and later as a mortgage securities trader. She is a board member of the LBJ Presidential Library and Foundation and a board member of the Pasadena Institute of Technology in California. In addition, she is a member of the MPTF Social Service Committee.

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