McCormick elevated at Warner Bros.

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Kevin McCormick has been promoted to president of production at Warner Bros. Pictures.

The move, widely expected, fills the vacancy left by Jeff Robinov, who in late November was named president of the newly created Warner Bros. Pictures Group.

In his new post, McCormick will take over day-to-day responsibility for Warners' creative team and the development of the movies produced by the company. In addition, he will continue to oversee the division's New York and London offices.

Before this promotion, McCormick served as Warners' executive vp production, a post he has held since joining the studio in 1999. He gained a reputation for smart taste in material and having a nose for hot literary properties.

He shepherded such films as "The Last Samurai," "Matchstick Men," "The Perfect Storm," "White Oleander," "Insomnia," "Syriana" and "Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Recent projects he worked on include "Blood Diamond" and "No Reservations" as well as Tim Burton's "Sweeney Todd" and David Fincher's upcoming "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," both of which Warners co-produced with DreamWorks.

Before joining the studio, McCormick was executive vp production at Fox 2000 from 1995-99. He began his career at the Robert Stigwood Organization in London, working on a number of films, including "Tommy," "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Grease" and "Saturday Night Fever," the last of which he executive produced. He also served a stint as Sally Field's partner to develop film projects and later had a production deal at Paramount Pictures.
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