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The New Boss of Warner Discovery’s Movie Studio Bears a Striking Resemblance to the Old One

The New Boss of Warner Discovery’s Movie Studio Bears a Striking Resemblance to the Old One

For all of the changes that roil Hollywood every week, its operations remain resolute in their conservatism: Go with who you know. Back in 2001, a 35-year-old Toby Emmerich took the reins as New Line Cinema’s president of production after the departure of his mentor, Michael De Luca. In 2008, Emmerich became New Line’s president and CEO, reporting to Warner Bros.’ then-president Alan Horn.

Cut to 2022 and David “Zas” Zaslav is in charge of building the Warner Discovery empire. Emmerich, chairman of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group, is out; replacing him is De Luca, 59, and his lieutenant, Pamela Abdy, 48, who recently exited their jobs leading the MGM Motion Picture Group after its acquisition by Amazon. And Horn is readying his own comeback, as a consultant to Zaslav.

Emmerich and De Luca have more in common than most of the studios’ chess pieces. Both were forged in the scrappy New Line ethos,

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