Toby Emmerich has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema since March 2008. In this role, he has full oversight of New Line Cinema’s development, production and financial operations. Emmerich also works with New Line’s senior management to seek new opportunities to diversify and build upon the success the company has consistently achieved. He also has oversight of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Emmerich reports to Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros.
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; The Conjuring, which had the highest-grossing opening weekend ever for an original horror film; 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; We’re the Millers; 17 Again; and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. New Line’s 2014 release slate includes Tammy, Into the Storm, Horrible Bosses 2 and The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, the final film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
Prior to his current post, he held the position of President of Production, to which he was promoted in January 2001. A longtime studio veteran, Emmerich also 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 numerous platinum- and gold-selling soundtracks for such films as Seven, the first two Austin Powers films, Elf and many more.
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.