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Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara's big bet on J.K. Rowling could pay off with 'Fantastic Beasts'

Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara's big bet on J.K. Rowling could pay off with 'Fantastic Beasts'

Shortly after he became chief executive of Warner Bros. Entertainment in March 2013,  Kevin Tsujihara phoned “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

Tsujihara heard Rowling was interested in writing a screenplay based on her 2001 book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” He wanted to know if the celebrated author was interested in making another movie with Warner Bros., following  a decade of blockbuster Harry Potter films.

The newly minted studio boss then flew to Rowling’s home in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over a three-hour dinner, he shared his vision for the studio and promised a relationship of...

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