Michael Lynne is co-topper at New Line Cinema and exec producer of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He sits on the boards of MoMA and Museum of the Moving Image.
Roots: Born and raised in Brooklyn. “I went to Brooklyn College and Columbia Law School. I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else!”
N.Y state of mind: “I spent my entire career in New York. I worked at several entertainment law firms where we represented the great talents in theater: Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Abbott and Alex Cohen. I worked at the film company Embassy Pictures, started by producer Joseph E. Levine. I owned my own law firm in New York for 20 years.”
Comfort zone: “My office! It’s on 57th and 7th.”
Gotham influence: “Our sensibilities are informed by New York, which we think gives us somewhat more perspective. The city is multi-faceted with art and theater, and as a news and political center. L.A. has an incredible pool of talent but we are not beholden to Hollywood. New York doesn’t walk to the beat of one drummer.”
Culture club: “We frequent the galleries in Chelsea, Williamsburg and P.S. 1 in Long Island City. The major museums — the Whitney, the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art are regular stops as well.
Food fix: “For lunch I like Patsy’s. It was founded 50 years ago and it was one of Frank Sinatra’s favorites. I also like Milos for seafood and the Redeye Grill. For dinner there are two chef/owners — Daniel Boulud and Jean-Georges Vongerichten — and I’m a fan of all their restaurants!”