(Above: Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer and Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes)
Marking a long and accomplished career with Warner Bros., including 14 as Chairman and CEO, Barry Meyer was honored during a dedication ceremony and toast on the Warner Lot in Burbank, California. Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes and Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara dedicated the executive circle that leads to the main building on the lot in Meyer's honor, renaming it Barry Meyer Circle. Joining them were luminaries including longtime Warner director/actor Clint Eastwood and former Warner Bros. Chairmen and Co-CEOs Robert Daly and Terry Semel.
During the ceremony, Bewkes noted that Meyer, who retires as Warner's Chairman at the end of this year, is one of the most respected and successful executives in the entertainment industry. Among other accomplishments, under his leadership Warner Bros. consistently ranked as one of the strongest, most profitable and best-positioned studios in the industry – crossing the billion-dollar mark both domestically and internationally each year since 2001, a milestone no other studio has achieved. WB Television solidified its position as the top supplier of TV series, and WB Home Entertainment has been a market leader for over a decade.
"That's the business. But there is also the person," Bewkes said. "Barry has led this company with dedication, integrity and humanity and we are recognizing that as much as anything."
Below are some photo highlights from the event.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara; Former WB Chairman and Co-CEO Terry Semel; WB Chairman Barry Meyer; Former WB Chairman and Co-CEO Bob Daly; and Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes
Tsujihara and Bewkes unveil the new Barry Meyer Circle
Actor/Director Clint Eastwood; Eastwood’s editor and friend Joel Cox; Carol Melton, Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy, Time Warner Inc.; Chris Dodd, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America; and Time Warner CFO John Martin
A large crowd turned out for the dedication of Barry Meyer Circle
Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.