Courtenay Valenti leaves Warner Bros. as production president after 33 years

SCHOOL: After a 33-year run at Warner Bros. Pictures, and many hits with the Lego franchise, the final four Harry Potter movie, multi-Oscar winner Mad Max: Fury Road eat this summer Elvis, Courtenay Valenti, the studio’s President, Production and Development, has decided to leave.

While there has been a lot of news about cuts at Warner Bros Discovery, Valenti’s departure is not that. This is a well-respected studio director with a good streak who is looking to move with what comes to life. Valenti will step down at the end of October, leaving behind a strong staff of Kevin McCormick, Jesse Ehrman, Sheila Walcott, Cate Adams and Peter Dodd under the co-chairs and CEOs of Warner Bros. Pictures, Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy.

New and upcoming photos of Valenti taking on the role of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, which brought older audiences back to theaters, nearly $300 million worldwide, and became the highest-grossing Australian film domestically at $148M. Valenti kept things fresh Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets (actually, the whole thing Good animals franchise); Greta Gerwig Barbie Margot Robbie plays the title role, and Ryan Gosling plays Ken; George Miller’s epic Mad Max prequel, Furious, while working in Australia; and the appearance of Broadway musicals The color is red produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey.

“We’ve known Courtenay and admired her work for many years,” De Luca and Abdy said in a statement to Deadline. “He has been an integral part of the success of Warner Bros. Pictures for three decades and has had a hand in directing some of the most popular and successful films. He’s well-respected among the intellectual community, he’s loved here on the lot, and he’s largely forgotten. We know he will be very successful in his future endeavors and join all his colleagues in wishing him the best.

“Leaving WB after 33 years is not easy,” Valenti told us. “Reflecting on my time at Warner Bros., I feel so proud of what my colleagues have contributed to the studio and the big screen. And I’m so grateful for the time spent with them and with some of the most powerful and creative cinematography. I would like to thank David Zaslav, Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy for their support as I embark on my next chapter. Much love. they have a passion for storytelling, cinema, filmmakers and theater knowledge. Likewise, they love Warner Bros. as much as I do, and I know they will lead it to a higher level.”

Valenti was named President of Production in May 2017. In that role, he oversaw and managed WBPG’s live-action and animated production teams, and worked closely with division leaders on overall development. The daughter of late Motion Picture Association of America pioneer Jack Valenti, she rose to the creative ranks in the Burbank, CA area, recently serving as Co-President, Production, Warner Bros. Pictures. He was a major force in the studio’s return to animation with the Lego franchise and Oscar winner directed by Miller Happy Feet. It follows Luhrmann’s two-time Oscar win and $354 million-grossing The great gatsby a The Intern from author Nancy Meyers, among other titles.

Earlier in his career, he developed and directed films such as Nora Ephron’s You have emailAlfonso Cuarón’s A PrincessBrad Bird The Iron Giant, Cameron Crowe SinglesRobert Zemeckis’ Connect and Gregory Nava Selena among other things.

Valenti was born in Houston and raised in Washington, DC He graduated cum laude from Tufts University with a double major in English and economics. After graduation, he worked at the New York City banking office of Lehman Brothers in mortgage finance, as a mortgage analyst and later as a mortgage trader. He sits on the board of the LBJ Presidential Library and Foundation and on the board of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena, CA. Additionally, he is a member of the Social Services Committee of MPTF.

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