Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures Announces Reorganization; Charlie Musical Will Open in 2013

News   Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures Announces Reorganization; Charlie Musical Will Open in 2013 Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros., announced a reorganization of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures Sept. 13.

Mark Kaufman and Raymond Wu will now share the position of executive vice president, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the Studio’s live theatre production operation. Kaufman, who will be based in New York, and Wu, who will be based in Burbank, will both report to Alan Horn, who is overseeing the division in his consulting role for the Studio, reporting to Meyer.   

In a statement chairman Meyer said, "It’s great to have Alan’s creative instincts and insight available to Theatre Ventures, with Ray and Mark bringing a terrific combination of experience and proven hit-making talent to our team. With this new leadership structure, we can make the most of the myriad opportunities available to Theatre Ventures and take its operations to the next level."

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment; it both develops and produces musicals and other stage productions for the Studio. One of the productions currently in development is an adaptation of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which will be directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes. Charlie will open in 2013 in the United Kingdom. 

Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is also responsible for maintaining and licensing the stage rights to the various properties within the Studio’s media library, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Color Purple” and “42nd Street.”

Wu has been with Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures since 2005 and previously served as senior vice president of Development and Head of Operations. He was one of the lead producers of the division’s holiday Broadway musical Elf. Before joining Warner Bros., Wu was with Disney Theatricals. Kaufman joins Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures from Unique Features. Kaufman supervised and oversaw the Broadway production of the Tony-winning Hairspray as well as the Tony-nominated musical The Wedding Singer on behalf of New Line Cinema, and was also one of the lead producers of the stage production of Elf.

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