June 2, 2022
Longtime studio boss Toby Emmerich is leaving as Chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group, as the studio restructures internally following the operational acquisition of the former WarnerMedia by Discovery and CEO David Zaslav.
Emmerich, who is set to start his own production company, will be replaced by former MGM Studios executives Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy later this summer.
Emmerich joined Warner Bros. in 1992 as a dual development and music executive. He stayed on with New Line, eventually becoming president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures in 2017.
He was the driving force behind a diverse collection of highly successful movies and TV series, including The Notebook, Elf, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born and The Batman.
Zaslav, in a memo to staff, said the executive change was part of a plan to split Warner Bros. into three operational units focusing on films, animation and DC superhero movies.
There is no word yet on how the restructuring will impact other studio departments, including home entertainment.