His title is “Executive Producer & Chief, Global Television Distribution”, but as important as that sounds it may undersell the role Kevin Dunn’s played in WWE over the course of his time with the company.
But according to a report from PWInsider tonight (Dec. 30), Dunn is the latest executive who’ll be leaving the company since the Endeavor deal was finalized back in September. He is said to have given notice “around Christmas week”.
As for why, Insider writes:
We are told that a big factor in his decision to retire is changes internally post-Endeavor acquisition and tas one source stated, that Dunn was “never going to do anything that was dictacted” to him, as opposed to how he personally oversaw production in the past. We are told this was not an issue of creative but two differing versions of how things should be run from a TV production perspective as WWE’s new owner seeks to cut costs.
They add that internally it was always believed that Dunn “never intended to work for anyone other than Vince McMahon in WWE”. With McMahon’s power over the week-to-week creative & production having been curtailed since Endeavor spun the brand off with UFC as TKO Group holdings, this isn’t a shock.
His tenure with the company is a long one, and his ties to Vince run deep. Dunn’s father worked with Vince’s father, and Kevin was hired by the younger McMahon shortly after he purchased the then-WWF from Vince Sr (as he was known). Over the ensuing decades, his role has grew from an Associate Producer to his current title, and he became one of the most loyal & trusted members of Vince’s team. Dunn often played the heavy under Vince, and was generally not spoken of favorably by former employees — or current ones talking to the media anonymously.
More to come, certainly. But if true, this is another big change for the new WWE.