Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group
Toby Emmerich has been in the entertainment business for more than 30 years and worked in roles as varied as A&R executive, film music supervisor, screenwriter, development and production executive, and head of an independent movie studio. Today, he is one of the film industry’s most respected executives and serves as President and Chief Content Officer 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. Among the highlights of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group 2017 release schedule are The LEGO Batman Movie, Kong: Skull Island, Going in Style (NLC), King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Wonder Woman, The House, Dunkirk, Annabelle: Creation (NLC), IT (NLC) and Justice League.
In his role as President and CCO, Emmerich shares greenlight authority with Warner Bros.’ Chairman and CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, to determine which projects are ultimately made by Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s production entities.
In addition to his Pictures Group responsibilities, Emmerich also oversees Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment, which debuted a new production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Broadway in March 2017.
Prior to his current role, Emmerich served as President and Chief Operating Officer of New Line Cinema for eight years. In this role, he had full oversight of New Line Cinema’s development, production and financial operations, and led the company’s efforts to forge new opportunities to diversify and build on its dynamic legacy.
Under Emmerich’s leadership, New Line released such diverse features as the Academy Award-winning blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King; the perennial holiday classic Elf; the romantic favorite The Notebook; the action thriller San Andreas; comedy hits Central Intelligence, Horrible Bosses, Horrible Bosses 2 and We’re the Millers; and instant horror classics Lights Out, The Conjuring, The Conjuring 2 and Annabelle, the latter three of which have become one of the most successful horror franchises of all time.
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, followed by The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a year later, and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in 2014. The three films together earned almost $3 billion worldwide.
Emmerich also 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. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and children.