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Legendary names entertainment lawyer Joshua Grode as new CEO

Film and television production company Legendary Entertainment has named longtime industry lawyer Joshua Grode as its new chief executive, the company said Tuesday.

Grode, who has served as an adviser to Legendary’s Beijing-based parent company Dalian Wanda Group for years, joins the Burbank-based producer from law firm Irell & Manella, where he was a partner in its Los Angeles office.

The hire concludes months of speculation about Legendary, which has been without a permanent CEO since founder Thomas Tull left in January. Interim chief Jack Gao left Legendary and Wanda last month.

In his new job, Grode will be tasked with establishing the business strategy to expand Legendary, which is best known for big-budget movies including “Dark Knight” and “Kong: Skull Island.” Part of his job will be to devise ways to take advantage of Wanda’s other assets, including its massive cinema holdings and shopping malls.