Toby Emmerich has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema since March 2008. Before taking the company reins, he held the position of President of Production, which he was promoted to in January 2001.
Since Emmerich took the production helm, New Line has released such diverse features as the Academy Award-winning blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King; 2005’s highest-grossing comedy, Wedding Crashers; Elf; The Notebook; Hairspray; Sex and the City; Journey to the Center of the Earth and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island; He’s Just Not That Into You; Four Christmases; Valentine’s Day; Horrible Bosses; 17 Again; and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. New Line’s 2013 release slate includes The Conjuring, We’re the Millers and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
A longtime studio veteran, Emmerich previously served not only as president of New Line Music but also as an accomplished screenwriter and producer who wrote and produced New Line’s sleeper hit Frequency, starring Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.
Emmerich joined the company in 1992 as a dual development and music executive. In his position as president of music, he oversaw the development of platinum- and gold-selling soundtracks for such films as Seven, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Elf, Friday After Next, Menace II Society, Love Jones, Freddy vs. Jason, Who’s the Man?, Above the Rim, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber and Mortal Kombat.
Prior to his posts at New Line, Emmerich was an A&R representative at Atlantic Records from 1987 to 1992. He attended The Calhoun School and Wesleyan University, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1985 with honors in English and concentrations in classics and film.
Emmerich lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Julie, and their two daughters. An avid motorcycle enthusiast and art collector, Emmerich also enjoys long-distance running. He serves on the board of directors for the American Cinematheque.