David Zaslav on Toby Emmerich’s Warner Bros Exit, Michael De Luca & Pam Abdi Hire – Deadline

Warner Bros. Explore CEO David Zaslav Handed his memo to employees on Wednesday Toby Emmerich steps down as film group chairman Three new studio divisions are in place. Its structure is slightly similar to how Disney handles its licensed brands, and hopefully DC will have its own Kevin Feige guru to leverage IP across all media.

Meanwhile, the studio has issued an official press release announcing the former MGM film executive Michael DeLuca Pam Abdy has been named Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, which currently includes Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, DC-based film production and Warner Bros. Feature Animation.

“Michael and Pam are very talented creative leaders with a successful track record. We are delighted to welcome both of them to our Warner Bros Discovery family, and look forward to seeing them take this iconic nearly 100-year-old studio to greater heights of cinematic excellence,” Zaslav said in a statement.

“Warner Bros. has some of the best creatives in the business, and Pam and I look forward to executing David’s directive of ‘Dream Big, Dream Big’ as we strive to create and inspire the next generation of hit films that are entertaining and stimulating ,” DeLuca said. “We appreciate Toby’s tremendous impact on this studio and our industry, and we’re excited to continue to benefit from his wealth of experience and creativity.”

Emmerich and Zaslav just headed to Cannes for the film’s world premiere Elvis, The latter told Deadline after the party that he was amazed. Zaslav also enjoyed and filmed a mobile phone video of the drone Elvis music-themed light show. Emmerich’s five-year production deal announced today — which includes Warner Bros. Discovery financing Emmerich’s joint venture and owning the distribution rights to his films and TV series — shows the former Warner Bros. boss Not far from Burbank, Calif., although there have been changes here from one new line executive to another.

As Zaslav said in the memo below, Emmerich “was a great leader and friend to me and many,” while praising Emmerich’s featured achievements, including 2018 as the studio’s A landmark year for $5.6 billion at the global box office; Neptune, Most Successful DC Movie; Image Likes Get ready for player one, Meg, a star is born and Crazy Rich Asians;and the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, with $1.08 billion clown, Won two Oscars.

Zaslav’s instructions to employees are as follows.


this morning, Toby Emmerich Informing his team of his decision to step down as chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group and start his own production company. I have known Toby for many years, he is a great leader and a friend to me and many others, and I am very happy for him and even more excited that he has chosen to continue to be a part of the Warner Bros. Discovery family through this action. new production enterprises. We also thank him for agreeing to stay at the helm of Warner Bros. Pictures during this summer’s transition period.

For the past few months, Toby and I have been discussing the best structure for the Warner Bros. Pictures group, and the creation of three distinct film segments around Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, and DC- idea. Based on film production. I greatly appreciate his insight and partnership throughout the process and believe this is the right strategy for our company moving forward.

It was during these discussions that Toby first shared with me his desire to start his own production company. I told him I absolutely supported him. He is talented and has a well-deserved reputation across the industry as a bold, creative visionary.During his time at the helm of New Line Cinema and the entire Warner Bros. Pictures Group, he has been the driving force behind a string of highly successful films and series, including Notebooks, elves, rich Asians, the birth of a star and Batman. I have no doubt that he will tell more extraordinary, one-of-a-kind stories in his new capacity, and I look forward to continuing our working relationship for many years to come.

Warner Bros. Discovery has a deep history of world-class production, and our goal for the future is to tell more of the best stories and share them with a wider audience around the world. Toby and his team will play an important and valuable role in this work, we are delighted they are joining us, and we can’t wait to see what they create in the months and years to come.