(November 28, 2018 – Los Angeles, CA) – The Producers Guild of America (PGA) announced today Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, will be honored with the Guild’s 2019 Milestone Award. Emmerich will receive the award at the 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards presented by General Motors on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles.
“Toby Emmerich is one of the most respected studio executives,” said Gail Berman and Lucy Fisher, Presidents of the PGA. “He continues to deliver high-quality films in a variety of genres and attract some of the finest up-and-coming and veteran directors, as well as producers, and talent to create them. Under his leadership, Warner Bros. Picture Group had a record-breaking year in 2017 with hits including ‘Dunkirk,’ and continues to dominate this year’s box office with critical and commercial, but non-formula, hits such as ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ and ‘A Star Is Born.’ He embraces filmmakers and filmmaking, which is why we are honored to be able to recognize him this year with the Milestone Award.”
“The Producers Guild knows better than most that studio filmmaking is an intensely collaborative art-form, and more often than not it is the producer who initiates, enables and protects great Hollywood movies,” said Toby Emmerich, Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “I've been lucky to work with and learn from many great producers throughout my career and want to thank the members of PGA for recognizing me, and the contributions of our teams at Warner Bros. and New Line, with this honor.”
The Milestone Award is the PGA’s most prestigious honor, recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. In the past, the Guild has paid tribute to such industry leaders as Clint Eastwood, Jim Gianopulos, Alan Horn, Bob Iger, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Sherry Lansing, Ron Meyer, Steven Spielberg, Tom Rothman, and 2018 recipient Donna Langley, among others.
About Toby Emmerich
Toby Emmerich serves as Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group.
Under Emmerich’s leadership, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, which includes Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, operates with the mandate to deliver the industry’s most diverse film slate, working across all genres with both established and up-and-coming talent in front of and behind the camera.
WBPG started 2018 with a string of hits at the global box office, including New Line’s “Game Night,” director Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” and New Line’s Dwayne Johnson action adventure “Rampage.” The hot streak continued through the summer with the Sandra Bullock-led “Ocean’s 8,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” the most successful romantic comedy in a decade, “The Nun,” which became the highest-grossing installment in New Line’s “Conjuring” horror universe, and the Oscar buzz-generating “A Star Is Born.” The Pictures Group will wrap the year with “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” and “Aquaman.”
Among the films already confirmed for WBPG’s 2019 slate are “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part,” “Shazam!,” “Godzilla: The King of the Monsters,” “IT Chapter Two” and “Joker.”
WBPG had its best year ever in 2017, with $5.13 billion in global box office receipts. Among the hits driving this success were “Wonder Woman” ($821 million worldwide), “IT” ($698 million), “Justice League” ($654 million), “Dunkirk” ($525 million), “The LEGO Batman Movie” ($311 million) and “Annabelle: Creation” ($306 million).
Emmerich attended The Calhoun School and Wesleyan University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1985, with honors in English and concentrations in Classics and Film. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.
About the Producers Guild of America (PGA)
The Producers Guild of America is a non-profit trade organization which protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media. Representing more than 8,000 producers, the PGA works to safeguard the careers of its members and improve the producing community at large by encouraging the enforcement of workplace labor laws and sustainable production practices, creating fair and impartial standards for the awarding of producing credits, facilitating health benefits for its membership, and hosting educational opportunities for new and experienced producers alike. For more information and the latest updates, please visit the Producers Guild of America website and follow on social media:
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