What a difference a blockbuster makes.“Wonder Woman,” the comic-book global juggernaut about the do-gooding warrior princess, has lifted spirits around the Warner Bros. lot and reenergized the struggling DC Comics cinematic universe, which many critics and fanboys had written off. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Suicide Squad” may have grossed a combined $1.6 billion globally, but the consensus was they were dark, dour and creatively inert. “Wonder Woman,” with its message of female empowerment, has been a panacea,...
Emmerich was promoted in January 2017 to president and chief content officer at Warner Bros., taking over from Greg Silverman, who stepped down. The veteran New Line exec has further polished his rep as a man with great movie instincts. He continues as New Line president and COO with full oversight of development, production and financial operations. He’s also charged with steering the live stage play division. In both roles, he reports directly to Kevin Tsujihara, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.
Under Emmerich’s watch, the studio reunited with Peter Jackson on the acclaimed multibillion-dollar “The Hobbit” trilogy, and released such hits as the epic action adventure “San Andreas,” which grossed $474 million worldwide, and the critical and commercial success “Creed,” which punched up $174 million against a modest $35 million budget. Other recent hits include “How to Be Single” ($112 million) “Central Intelligence” ($217 million) and “The Conjuring 2,” James Wan’s $320 million-grossing follow-up to the 2013 global hit.
Emmerich, who joined the company in 1992, was previously president of production, and oversaw such successes as “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King;” “Wedding Crashers;” “ Elf;” “The Notebook;” “Hairspray;” “Sex and the City;” “ Valentine’s Day” and the “Horrible Bosses” series.