Warner Bros. Promotes Bill Draper to President, Worldwide Physical Production

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Bill Draper

Draper joined Warners as vp, physical production in 1996.

Warner Bros. has promoted Bill Draper to president, worldwide physical production.

He first joined the studio in 1996 as vp, physical production, and most recently served as executive vp, worldwide physical production.

In his new role, Draper will have oversight of the division responsible for all aspects of the company’s film productions, including budgeting, digital effects, post-production services, product placement and scheduling.

“We are very lucky to have Bill ready and able to continue the tremendous legacy established by our beloved Steve Papazian,” Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production for Warner Bros., said Friday in a statement announcing the news. “Bill has been Steve's right hand for many, many years, brilliantly handling some of our biggest, most complex and most successful films. This is a natural evolution, and I look forward to our ongoing collaboration."

Draper has worked with a slew of notable directors during his time at the studio, including Steven Spielberg (the upcoming Ready Player One, A.I.: Artificial Intelligence), George Miller (Max Max: Fury Road), Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special), Guy Ritchie (Sherlock Holmes), Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) and Scott Cooper (Black Mass). Prior to joining Warner Bros., Draper served as a freelance unit production manager and production supervisor, after having spent time at Walt Disney Studios as an associate production executive.