Steven Mnuchin would provide financial backing for Warner Bros.’ former film chief
Former Warner Bros. film chief Jeff Robinov is exploring setting up a production company with Graham King as one of many possible career options, according to an individual with knowledge of the situation.
The talks are described as “exploratory” in nature and no deal has been signed. Under that scenario, Steven Mnuchin, who chairs One West Bank Group and Dune Capital Management, would provide financial backing.
The potential partners have talked with Sony, the individual said, and other meetings are taking place. Robinov left Warner Bros. four months ago but was precluded from immediately taking another job under the terms of his contract.
There had been intense speculation that Robinov might move to Fox, but another individual with knowledge of the situation said that studio chief Jim Gianopulos balked at Robinov’s bid to essentially serve as co-head of the studio.
Robinov exited Warner Bros. after he lost out on the job of Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO to Kevin Tsujihara. He was subsequently replaced by the triumvirate of Sue Kroll, Greg Silverman and Toby Emmerich, who are overseeing movie operations.
Since that time, Robinov’s postiion has strengthened. “Man of Steel,” the Superman reboot he helped oversee , has racked up $662.8 million worldwide, while “Gravity,” a risky $80 million Alfonso Cuaron space adventure, has brought in more than $300 million globally.
The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline first reported news of a potential partnership with King.
A representative for King declined to comment and Robinov and a representative for Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
And with that, that Hollywood rumor mill turns its attention to Adam Fogelson.
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