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Toby Emmerich named president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group

By Karen Butler
Toby Emmerich named president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group
(L-R) Director Brad Peyton, producer Toby Emmerich, and actor Dwayne Johnson pose for a picture after Johnson's hand and footprints ceremony honoring him at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on May 19, 2015. Emmerich has been named president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Photo by Jimmy Morris/European Pressphoto Agency

BURBANK, Calif., Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Toby Emmerich has been named president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, giving him creative oversight of both Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and chief executive officer of Warner Bros., to whom Emmerich will continue to report.

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Prior to this promotion, Emmerich served as president and chief operating officer of New Line Cinema since 2008. Before that, he held the title of president of production since 2001.

Greg Silverman -- who is the current president of creative development and worldwide production for Warner Bros. Pictures -- is stepping down to establish an independent production and entrepreneurial ventures company which will work with the studio.

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The changing of the guard will go into effect Jan. 1.

"Toby is incredibly talented, well-respected and the perfect choice to help us continue the momentum of our film operations," Tsujihara said in a statement. "He has great relationships across the creative spectrum, from writers and producers to directors and actors. He's also got a track-record of producing hit films from all genres at every budget. I look forward to working with him in his expanded role in our Pictures Group."

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"I want to thank Kevin for this amazing opportunity," Emmerich added. "Between Warner Bros. and New Line, we really do have the most diverse slate in the industry, and we're having great success in all of the genres in which we're producing. Between the two companies, we also have the most creative, most talented executive corps. I look forward to continuing my partnership with the incredibly talented Sue Kroll, and I couldn't be more excited about the future."

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The studio's upcoming slate of films include LEGO Batman Movie, Fist Fight, Kong: Skull Island, Going in Style, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Wonder Woman, The House, Dunkirk, Annabelle 2, It, The LEGO Ninjago Movie, Geostorm and Justice League.

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