Warner Bros.' Longtime International Exec Richard Fox Stepping Down
Fox spearheaded the studio's local-language production, most recently in China.
Richard Fox, executive vp international at Warner Bros., and the man responsible for expanding the studio's impressive international production slate, is stepping down after 42 years with Warners.
Fox was key in expanding the studio’s local-language film production. Starting in 1999, Warner Bros. has produced, financed or distributed more than 600 local-language films in more than 20 countries, including the box-office hits Head Full of Honey in Germany, which grossed more than $66.5 million locally, and Les Bronzes 3 ($76.7 million in France alone).
Most recently, Fox, together with Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara, has been focused on translating the studio's international success to the Chinese-language market.
“Richard was a key architect of the relationship between Warner Bros. and CMC, including the founding of Flagship Entertainment,” said Li Ruigang, chairman of CMC (which was previously known as China Media Capital). “His expertise and experience in the global entertainment business have been invaluable as our companies explore various opportunities to work together. He’s a great partner, and I wish him well on his next chapter.”
“Richard is such a wonderful, great man, warmhearted and full of dignity,” said Til Schweiger, director of Head Full of Honey. “It was always a pleasure to work with him. Congratulations on his incredible career. I will miss him tremendously!”
Said Tsujihara: “Anywhere you go in the world, people in the film business love and respect Richard. He knows the markets, he knows the players and he’s been an incredible executive and ambassador for the company. For more than 40 years, he has been at the forefront of our efforts to establish the studio as a global entertainment leader. I thank him for his many contributions to the company and join his Warner Bros. colleagues around the world in wishing him all the best.”