Greg Silverman has stepped down as Warner Bros.’ head of production, to be replaced by New Line Cinema President Toby Emmerich.
As a result of the executive shakeup, Emmerich will gain the title of of president and chief content officer for Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and have creative oversight of both the Warner Bros. and New Line movie divisions. He’ll share greenlight power with Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
The Los Angeles Times characterizes the move as a reflection of the desire by Tsujihara to bolster the studio’s performance at the box office, where under Silverman it has weathered such big-budget flops as “Pan,” “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “In the Heart of the Sea.” However, it’s also seen such successes as “The LEGO Movie” and, more recently, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.”
The newspaper also hones in on the studio’s disappointment with critical reaction first to “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which led to Jon Berg and Geoff Johns being placed in charge of the DC Films productions, under Silverman, and then to “Suicide Squad.” The implication is that Tsujihara believed an even bigger change was needed, resulting in Silverman’s exit.
TheWrap suggests that, for Silverman, the writing was on the wall as soon as early as May, when the rumored promotions of Berg and Johns were made official. The two will now report to Emmerich.
Silverman, who’s been with the studio since 1997, in previous positions at the studio helped shepherd such hits as “The Dark Knight,” “Inception” and “The Hangover.” He was promoted in 2013 from president of production to president of creative development and worldwide production. He’ll leave his position at the beginning of next year to start his own production company on the Warner Bros. lot.
A Warner Bros. veteran, Emmerich has led the studio’s successful New Line division since 2008. Before that he was president of production as well as head of New Line Music.
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