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Warner Bros. has promoted Courtney D. Armstrong to executive vice president, worldwide business affairs, the studio announced Monday.
Armstrong has been with Warner Bros. for 11 years, and in his new role will oversee all day-to-day business and legal aspects of worldwide film acquisition, production and distribution for the studio. He’ll report directly to Steven Spira, president, worldwide business affairs.
Armstrong will be replacing Patti Connolly, who is retiring in the fall after 29 years with the studio. She will stay on in an advisory capacity through the end of the year.
At Warner Bros., Armstrong has been involved with the Dark Knight trilogy, The Departed, Man of Steel, and the upcoming films Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Mad Max: Fury Road. He joined the studio in 2003 as a director of business affairs, and was promoted to vp in 2004 and senior vp in 2007.
Armstrong previously spent three years at Walt Disney Pictures as an attorney in the business and legal affairs department of the motion picture group. He began his career as a litigation associate on the entertainment litigation team at the Los Angeles-based law firm Paul Hastings LLP.
“Courtney has been a long-standing driver of our success and this promotion is well deserved,” said Spira in a statement. “He is an exceptionally savvy and creative deal maker, with strong business instincts and relationships, which have served Warner Bros. well for more than a decade. I look forward to his expanded presence in our department and the role he will play ensuring we remain the industry’s leading studio.”
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