As had been speculated prior to the holiday break, Josh Goldstine has been named president of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said Toby Emmerich, chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, to whom Goldstine will report. He replaces Blair Rich and joins the company later this month.
“Josh is an outstanding marketer, with an impressive track record of eventizing a broad range of movies to great success in both theaters and more recently on streaming platforms,” said Emmerich in a statement. “He loves cinema, is a believer in the continued importance of the theatrical experience, and is incredibly deft at understanding and distilling filmmaker’s visions and intentions into attention-grabbing and results-delivering marketing campaigns. He has a future-focused skill set that will help us strategically navigate our evolving business, launching both our theatrical films and HBO Max original movies.”
Goldstine will lead the development and execution of all marketing campaigns for global theatrical releases from Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema, DC-Based Films and Warner Animation Group, as well as HBO Max original features. Goldstine’s oversight includes Warner Bros. Pictures’ worldwide creative advertising, publicity, media, global digital, global promotions, worldwide research and multicultural groups.
Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s 2021 release slate, which will be released concurrently in theaters and in a 30-day exclusive window on premium streaming service HBO Max, includes The Little Things, Judas and the Black Messiah, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs. Kong, Mortal Kombat, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, In The Heights, Space Jam: A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Reminiscence, Malignant, Dune, The Many Saints of Newark, King Richard, Cry Macho and Matrix 4.
Among releases slated for 2022 are The Batman, DC Super Pets, The Flash, Aquaman 2 and an untitled Sesame Street film. Already on deck for 2023 are Shazam! Fury of the Gods, as well as the recently announced Furiosa, Coyote vs. Acme and The Color Purple.
Prior to joining Warner Bros., Goldstine served as president of worldwide marketing for Universal Pictures, where he oversaw all aspects of Universal’s feature film marketing, including creative advertising, media, publicity, promotions, digital marketing, and administration and for such films as Get Out, Split, Minions, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, Jason Bourne, Straight Outta Compton, Jurassic World, the Pitch Perfect franchise, Furious 7 and Fifty Shades of Grey.
Before joining Universal, Goldstine spent more than two decades at Sony Pictures, where he held a variety of marketing positions, including president of creative advertising.
Most recently, Goldstine served as a marketing consultant working with a wide array of clients, including Activision/Blizzard, Legendary, Amazon, Sony Pictures and Warner Bros., providing guidance on projects ranging from video games (Candy Crush) to streaming releases (Borat’s Subsequent Movie Film, Enola) and feature films (Knives Out, the upcoming Godzilla v. Kong, Dune).
Goldstine is a graduate of Harvard University.