14 Feb Kevin Tsujihara ’86
Kevin Tsujihara made history in 2013, as the first Asian American to head a major motion picture studio. The chairman and CEO of Warner Bros., Tsujihara oversees worldwide operations, including the production, marketing and distribution of film, television and video games, for one of the most successful entertainment companies in the world.
Under Tsujihara’s leadership, Warner Bros. has made diversity and inclusion a companywide business imperative, and is working to create a workforce and content that reflects the studio’s diverse global audience.
The youngest of five, Tsujihara grew up in Petaluma, California, where he worked for his parents’ egg-distribution business. After graduating from USC, and earning his MBA from Stanford, he began his career as a manager in Ernst & Young’s entertainment division.
In 1994, Tsujihara joined Warner Bros. as a director, special projects finance, and helped manage the company’s interest in the amusement park corporation Six Flags. Eleven years later, he was named president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, during which time he helped create Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the only studio-based videogame company, which generates annual revenues exceeding $1 billion.
A member of the USC School of Cinematic Arts Board of Councilors, Tsujihara also serves on the American Film Institute Board of Trustees; the Motion Picture Association of America Board of Directors; and the Motion Picture & Television Fund Board of Governors (among others).