Katie Martin Kelley has chosen to head up communications at Warner Bros. Pictures

Katie Martin Kelley has chosen to head up communications at Warner Bros. Pictures

Veteran Hollywood executive Katie Martin Kelley joins Warner Bros.’ studio as executive vice president of communications, Warner Bros. Discovery announced Wednesday.

His arrival at the studio’s Burbank lot isn’t a total surprise, considering he worked closely with Warner Bros. Picture Group co-presidents Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy when the duo ran MGM.

In his new role, Martin Kelley will lead media relations and corporate communications for the film group, including Warner Bros. Pictures, New Line Cinema and the newly renamed Warner Bros. Pictures Animation. He will report to De Luca and Abdy.

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In a sister move, WBD announced Thursday that Candice McDonough has been named to the new role of executive vice president of advertising and communications for DC Studios, the arm run by co-presidents and co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran.

“Katie is highly regarded as one of Hollywood’s top communications executives and a true master of her craft. We are delighted to be working with Katie again and warmly welcome her to Warner Bros. during this exciting time as we accelerate the expansion of the studio’s film slate and our investment in the cinematic experience,” said De Luca and Abdy in a statement. joint statement.

Martin Kelley left MGM late last year. Previously he spent a dozen years at Paramount where he worked on successful franchises such as Transformers, Star Trek, Paranormal Activity, Mission: Impossible, Jackass, Jack Reacher, Daddy’s Home, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the GI Joe series. In addition, he has overseen award campaigns for films such as Denis Villeneuve’s I arrive; Denzel Washington Fences; by Jason Reitman Up in the air; by David O. Russell The fighter; Joel and Ethan Coen Real courage; By Martin Scorsese Hugh AND The Wolf of Wall Street; by Ava DuVernay Selma; by Adam McKay The big short; by Alexander Payne Nebraska; and animated films Align AND The Adventures of Tintin.

At MGM, he worked on such high profile films as Women who speak, Licorice Pizza, There is no time to die AND Gucci house.