President and COO, New Line Cinema
Toby Emmerich has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema since 2008. In this role, he has full oversight of New Line Cinema’s development, production, and financial operations, and leads the company’s efforts to forge new opportunities to diversify and build on its dynamic legacy. In addition to heading the division, Emmerich is also charged with steering the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures. In both roles, he reports directly to Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of 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; Elf; the romantic classic 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 and Horrible Bosses 2; 17 Again; We’re the Millers; The Conjuring, which is among the biggest horror films of all time, and its companion film, the surprise hit Annabelle. Nearly a decade after The Lord of the Rings Trilogy swept the world, New Line reunited with Peter Jackson to take audiences back to Middle-earth with the acclaimed The Hobbit Trilogy, beginning with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which took in more than a billion dollars worldwide, followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a year later, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014. In 2015, New Line released the epic action adventure San Andreas, which was among the biggest box office hits of the year, and, most recently, the critical and commercial success, Creed, Ryan Coogler’s compelling new chapter in the Rocky legend. Upcoming releases include How to Be Single, Central Intelligence, and The Conjuring 2, James Wan’s highly anticipated follow-up to the 2012 global hit.
Prior to his current post, Emmerich held the position of President of Production, to which he was promoted in 2001. A longtime studio veteran, he 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.
Emmerich attended The Calhoun School and Wesleyan University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1985, with honors in English and concentrations in Classics and Film.