Josh Berger, president and managing director of Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, is stepping down after 30 years with the studio.
Berger, who also serves as president of global franchise development for “Harry Potter,” will leave the studio in December, but is to stay on as an advisor to senior management until mid-2021 for the “Harry Potter” franchise.
Berger is also an executive producer on the third installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” films, as well as the forthcoming documentary “Fantastic Beasts: A Natural History” for the BBC.
The executive is expected to continue producing as well as pursue other entrepreneurial ventures.
Gerhard Zeiler, head of international for WarnerMedia said: “Josh is one of the most respected people in the industry. He has been integral to the ongoing success of our Warner Bros. businesses in the U.K., Ireland and Spain, and has been an incredible steward to the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. He was also the first Warner Bros. country manager, pioneering the model which shapes the international organization today. It is fair to say, that thanks to his leadership and energy our company is for sure better off today. I respect his desire to take on new challenges and, along with all of our colleagues across the company, wish him the very best.”
“There’s nothing more amazing than seeing stories being brought to life on screen,” said Berger. “Over the last 31 years at Warner Bros., I’ve been lucky to see every part of that process in action. I’ve seen ideas being formed and deals being struck, magic being made in front of the camera and behind it, and stories being told from – and sent to – all corners of the earth. I’m so grateful to all my colleagues for making this place feel like home for so long and wish them all the best for the future.”
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