Brener expands New Line role


New Line Cinema veteran Richard Brener has been promoted to senior executive vp and chief operating officer of New Line Prods.

Brener will now be responsible for managing and mentoring New Line's team of production executives, in addition to helping New Line production president Toby Emmerich oversee New Line's film slate. Production executives at the level of vp and below will now report to Brener. Senior production executives and Brener continue to report to Emmerich.

Brener previously was senior executive vp production. During his tenure, he oversaw such productions as "Wedding Crashers," "Monster-in-Law," "The Wedding Singer," "Austin Powers in Goldmember" and the upcoming thriller "The Number 23" starring Jim Carrey.

Brener joined New Line in 1995. He first worked with Emmerich in the mid-1990s when Emmerich was head of New Line Music. Brener then moved into development and quickly rose through the ranks to become a pivotal player at the minimajor.