Warner Bros. Chief Operating Officer Departs Motion Picture Group, Carolyn Blackwood – Deadline
After the departure of Toby Emmerich as boss of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture, his fellow associate, the chief operating officer of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture, Carolyn Blackwood, departs. All of this awaits Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy to lead the filmmaking group under Warner Discovery CEO David Zaslav.
“New Line and Warner Bros have been my home for 23 years and I will always cherish my time there. I have great respect for David, Mike and Pam and wish the studio and all of my beloved and talented colleagues every the luck of the world,” Blackwood said in a statement to Deadline.
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Warners is losing a prized executive with two decades of industry knowledge. She cut her teeth in business and legal affairs at MDP Worldwide before joining New Line.
Blackwood, a former New Line executive who co-managed the label with Richard Brener after Emmerich moved to the Warner Bros. studio side, is known for her business shrewdness and it has been reported that she, along with former WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar formulated the 2021 theatrical day-and-date HBO Max Concept that would increase the streaming service’s subscribers with tentpole films, while providing exhibitors with content in a national box office market which was repairing itself during the pandemic. Acquisitions, music, and physical production affairs also fell under his purview.
On the day of Emmerich’s departure last week, Zaslav let it be known that he was splitting the film side of the studio into three buckets of Warner Bros/New Line, DC and Warner Animation. De Luca and Abdy will oversee DC on an interim basis upon their arrival. A search is underway for a new DC leader.