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Petaluma native Kevin Tsujihara talks as new Warner Bros. studio CEO

There isn't much "Hollywood" about Petaluma native Kevin Tsujihara.

He spends most of his time in back-room meetings, away from the red carpets and spotlights for which the city is known. There are few photos of him online, and a few weeks ago, someone created the first page for him on Wikipedia.

But, on Friday, the 48-year-old father of two, who grew up making deliveries as the son of egg distributors, will become the CEO of Warner Bros. Entertainment. The third-generation Japanese-American will be the first Asian-American to head a Hollywood studio.

And Warner Bros. isn't just any studio. It is one of the world's largest entertainment companies and the fount from which recent Oscar winner "Argo" sprang. Sprawled over 35 sound stages and other buildings, the studio got its start in 1923. It's the home of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, whose modern hits include the multibillion-dollar franchises "Harry Potter" and "The Dark Knight."

Tsujihara's rise at Warner Bros., and his appointment as CEO, is a testament to his hard work, humility and willingness to take risks. It's also a sign of the progress Japanese-Americans have made in the last 70 years.


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