Toby Emmerich, film chief at ., oversees the operations of one of the biggest film studios in Hollywood. He stepped into his current role in 2017. But now, according to The Times, he’s been removed from his role, thanks to a recent merger between . and Discovery.
The parent company has chosen to replace Emmerich with longtime film producers Pamela Abdy and Michael De Luca, moving them into Emmerich’s role of overseeing ‘ film division. They will also be responsible for overseeing New Line, a smaller studio.
Toby Emmerich is a 30-year veteran of ., serving most recently as the chairman of the film studio’s Pictures Group. Emmerich is stepping down, but not stepping away, as he is slated to take on a new production deal with the studio. Emmerich plans to start a production company focused on streaming, television, and film. ./Discovery will provide the financial backing for the new endeavor and will also have distribution rights under the deal which has been drawn up as a five-year contract.
Emmerich is the . film executive responsible for firing from his role as in the Fantastic Beasts film .
According to The , on November 5, 2021, ‘ London film crew on the third Fantastic Beasts film received notification that was axed from the shooting schedule.
The day before, it was Toby Emmerich who made the decision to sever ties with Depp who had again reprised his role as , the dark wizard in the . who was reprising his role as dark wizard in the five-film .
The decision was reportedly made in response to Depp losing his case against The Sun, claiming the tabloid defamed him with a post labeling him a “wife-beater.”
“The judge’s ruling [made] it a lot easier for news outlets to use similar depictions when referring to Depp’s stormy two-year marriage to actress , creating a PR headache for the studio,” reads a post from The .
De Luca and Abdy, who will replace Emmerich, are both from Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. MGM was just purchased by Amazon for $8.5 billion earlier this year.
According to The Times, Disney’s structure and wants to copy it:./Discovery admires
“Zaslav wants to create a structure similar to Walt Disney Co.’s movie business, with separate film divisions that have their own creative heads reporting directly to him. De Luca and Abdy will run the combined DC Films and . Feature Animation will have their own leaders, who have not been determined. Until those executives are identified, the units will report to De Luca and Abdy as co-chairpersons and CEOs of . Pictures Group../New Line Cinema unit.
Disney’s film empire comprises separate studios including Marvel Studios under Kevin Feige, Lucasfilm under Kathleen Kennedy and PIXAR and Disney Animation, run by Pete Docter and Jennifer Lee, respectively. All report to studios chairman Alan Bergman. While the strategy has been highly successful at Disney, it remains to be seen if other companies can truly replicate it.”
per the verdict read in court on Wednesday afternoon. He was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. effectively won his case against his ex-wife,
Heard was awarded on only one claim. The jury awarded her $2 million in compensatory damages and zero punitive damages, but according to her attorney, Depp’s team “demonized” Heard and she will appeal the case.
While one former Disney film executive says Depp will definitely be back as Captain Jack Sparrow, it remains to be seen what opinion Warner Bros. has about bringing Depp back to the Fantastic Beasts franchise.