Warners production president to shift roles

Kevin McCormick to become a producer for the studio

Kevin McCormick, who has served as Warner Bros. president of production since early 2008, will become a studio-based producer in January upon the expiration of his current contract.

Unlike Universal -- which is looking for a new production president to replace Donna Langley, who was made vice chairman this month -- Warners doesn't plan to anoint a new production president to replace McCormick.

Some of his current responsibilities will be assumed by Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov, who announced the change Monday. The rest of McCormick's duties will be assigned to other execs at the studio.

Under his new, three-year producing pact, which encompasses film and theater projects, McCormick will take on several titles already in development at the studio: the action thriller "Dead Spy Running," adapted by Stephen Gaghan; "The Lucky One," to be directed by Doug McGrath and produced by Denise Di Novi; an "Arthur" remake with producers Larry Bresner and Chris Bender; and an untitled project with writer Eric Roth.

Additionally, McCormick, who was also involved with the operation of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, will become a producer on a number of that division's projects in development.

McCormick joined the studio in 1999 as exec vp production, a role he held until he was named president of production in January 2008. Having spent the first part of his career as a producer -- first with Robert Stigwood, then in partnership with Sally Field and then with his own producing deal at Paramount -- he had been looking to move back into the producing ranks.

"I'm pleased that he's able to follow his heart back to producing and am absolutely delighted that he'll be making films for us through his production company," Warner president and COO Alan Horn said.

As a studio exec, McCormick has been involved with such Warners releases as "The Perfect Storm," "Blood Diamond," "The Last Samurai," "Insomnia" and "Syriana"; such Tim Burton projects as "The Corpse Bride" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"; "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button"; and the upcoming "Sherlock Holmes."