Chairman, Warner Bros. Pictures Group
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).
In his role as Chairman of the Pictures Group, Emmerich has oversight of the Studio’s global theatrical production, marketing and distribution operations and shares greenlight authority with Warner Bros.’ Chairman and CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, to determine which projects are ultimately made by WBPG’s production entities. Emmerich also oversees the marketing and distribution activities of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
Additionally, Emmerich has oversight of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, the live stage play division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. In October 2018, Theatre Ventures’ highly anticipated musical comedy “Beetlejuice” had its world premiere at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. prior to its Broadway debut at the Winter Garden Theatre in April 2019. Earlier in 2018, the division’s critically lauded musical “Dave” played at D.C.’s Arena Stage.
Prior to his current role, Emmerich served President and Chief Content Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Before that, he was 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 “Wedding Crashers,” “Central Intelligence,” “Horrible Bosses” 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.