Warner Bros. Shake-Up: International Distribution Chief Veronika Kwan Vandenberg to Leave

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Veronika Kwan Vandenberg

The move comes as worldwide theatrical distribution president Ron Sanders and worldwide marketing president Blair Rich realign and remake the division.

After a three-decade career, Warner Bros. Pictures distribution executive Veronika Kwan Vandenberg is leaving the studio.

The move comes as worldwide theatrical distribution president Ron Sanders and worldwide marketing president Blair Rich realign and remake the division and as their boss, Toby Emmerich, puts his stamp on the studio as chairman of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group.

Kwan Vandenberg will transition to what the studio is calling a “special advisor” to Sanders and will be officially out by year’s end.

Her exit isn't a surprise. She worked closely with former president of worldwide marketing and distribution Sue Kroll, who left the studio earlier this year.

Kwan Vandenberg ran international distribution for years before being promoted by Kroll to head of worldwide distribution in 2016. She returned to being in charge of only international last year.

Kwan Vandenberg was on hand for the rising importance of the international marketplace. Among her early accomplishments was the simultaneous release of 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions in every major country at the same hour around the world.

“Veronika has led our international film distribution division since 2000, and Warner Bros. could not have had a better representative in the global marketplace,” Emmerich said Monday in a statement.

“She’s highly regarded, well-liked and recognized as a great partner by filmmakers, exhibitors and her peers. Her deep knowledge of the business, the international markets and her longstanding relationships have helped us achieve great results," he continued. "As a China specialist, Veronika was tremendously helpful in shaping our theatrical vision in that complex market. We thank her for everything she’s done for the studio and look forward to working with her through this transition.”

Pamela McClintock contributed to this report.