Toby Emmerich is resigning from Warner Bros Motion Picture Group

Emmerich has served as chairman since 2018 and is the latest to step down from the studio following the Warner Bros. Discovery merger.

Toby Emmerich, Chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, addresses the audience during Warner Bros. Pictures' presentation at CinemaCon 2022 at Caesars Palace on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Toby Emmerich resigns as chairman of the Warner Bros. film group. The studio head has been Warners’ chairman since 2018. Deadline was the first to report the news.

Emmerich became an executive at New Line Cinema, where he rose from production president to New Line’s president and chief operating officer in 2008 — the same year Warners decided to no longer operate the company as a separate studio. In 2017, Emmerich was promoted to President and Chief Content Officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group; In 2018 he became its chairman.

Warner Bros. officials did not immediately respond to IndieWire’s request for comment.

At Warner Bros., Emmerich also served as executive producer on such films as The Many Saints of Newark and Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last week. Warners hit it big that year with the release of The Batman, which grossed $752 million worldwide.

Emmerich’s departure came as no surprise given the sweeping changes made by new CEO David Zaslav in the wake of the Warner Bros. Discovery merger. Most recently, Zaslav and Emmerich were seen together at the Cannes premiere of “Elvis,” which hits theaters on June 24.

Emmerich is expected to be replaced by Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy, who will become co-chairs of Warner Bros. Pictures Group after leaving MGM as part of the studio’s Amazon acquisition. Her MGM contracts expire this summer. De Luca was previously a production manager at New Line. Luca and Abdy’s new oversight would include Warners and New Line.

Emmerich is expected to get a production deal with Warner Bros.

AT&T completed its spin-off from WarnerMedia into its new merger with Discovery in April, experiencing a spate of departures, including Johanna Fuentes as Warner Bros. communications chief.

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