June 26, 2022


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David Zaslav outlines the Warner Brothers movie

David Zaslav outlines the Warner Brothers movie

Warner Bros. Discovery Executive Director David Zaslav Finally committed to a new strategy paper for Warner Bros. Group. Motion Picture Group.

In a Wednesday note to his employees he obtained diverseZaslav told studio staff he would create “three distinct film divisions around Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema, Warner Bros. Feature Animation, and DC-Based Film Production.” These units are supposed to report directly to Zaslav. The CEO said the idea was brought up with the outgoing film group head Toby Emricha veteran executive described him as “a great leader and friend to me and so many.”

early this morning, formal word This came as Emmerich will be replaced by former MGM movie leaders Michael De Luca and Pam Abdi at the end of the summer. Soon after the memo was distributed, Warner Bros. Discovery issued an official notice describing the structure as “far-reaching,” and added that De Luca and Abdy will oversee operations on all three units until clarity comes to Warner Animation and DC Films (both of which have leaders in their positions currently).

Emmerich agreed to a production deal on Warner’s lot. In his own note to his team, the 20-plus-year veteran of the company said he would be “rooted” for the motion picture group, and that he would “see them on the other side.”

Regarding De Luca and Abdi, Zaslav said the pair were “very talented creative leaders with a proven track record of success,” and that he looked forward to “seeing them take this iconic century-old studio to even greater levels of film excellence.”

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Read Zaslav’s full note:

This morning, Toby Emmerich informed his team of his decision to step down as Warner Bros. Group Chairman. Pictures Group and launching his own production company. I’ve known Toby for years, he’s a great leader and friend to me and so many, and I’m so happy for him, and even more so happy that he’s chosen to remain part of the Warner Bros. Discovery family through this new production project. We are also grateful to him for agreeing to remain at the helm of the Warner Bros. group. Pictures during a transition period this summer.

For the past few months, Toby and I have been talking about the best structure for Warner Bros. photo collection. And the idea of ​​creating three distinct movie clips around Warner Bros. Pictures / New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Feature Animation and DC-based movie production. I greatly appreciated his vision and partnership during this process and feel confident that this is the right strategy for our company going forward.

During these same discussions, Toby first shared with me his desire to start his own production company. I told him he had my absolute support. He is incredibly talented and has a reputation throughout the industry as a bold and creative visionary. While he was president of New Line Cinema and then Warner Bros. The entire Picture Group, he was a driving force behind a variety of highly successful films and series, including The Notebook, Elf, Crazy Rich Asians, A Star Is Born, and Batman. I have no doubt that he will provide even more extraordinary and unique stories in his new capacity, and I look forward to continuing our working relationship for many years to come.

We have a deep history of world-class production here at Warner Bros. Discovery, and our goal going forward is to tell and share more of the best stories with a larger audience around the world. Toby and his team will play an important and valuable role in this endeavour, and we are thrilled that they have joined us, and we can’t wait to see what they create in the coming months and years.