Michael Lynne

Michael Lynne (April 23, 1941 – March 24, 2019) was an American film executive.

Michael Lynne
Born(1941-04-23)April 23, 1941
DiedMarch 24, 2019(2019-03-24) (aged 77)
Alma materBrooklyn College
Columbia University
OccupationFilm executive


Michael Lynne graduated from Brooklyn College (1961) and held a Juris Doctor from Columbia University.[1][2] After a chance encounter with law-school acquaintance Bob Shaye, Lynne joined New Line Cinema as outside legal counsel in the early 1980s.[3] In 1990, he was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of the studio. In 2001, he was named co-chairman and co-chief executive officer.

Lynne started to collect wine and bought two vineyards on Long Island in 1999 and 2000.[4]

In June 2008, after New Line had been fully merged into Warner Bros. Shaye and Lynne departed New Line and formed an independent film company, Unique Features.[5] He died of cancer on March 24, 2019, aged 77.[6][7]


  1. ^ Brooklyn College profile
  2. ^ Dave McNary. "Michael Lynne Dead: New Line Co-Chairman Was 77 – Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved 2019-12-25.
  3. ^ DiGiacomo, Frank. "New Line: The Lost Tycoons". The Hive. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  4. ^ O'Donnell, Ben (March 26, 2019). "Michael Lynne, Film Executive and Owner of Long Island's Bedell Cellars, Dies at 77". Wine Spectator.
  5. ^ Lyons, Jill Goldsmith, Charles (2001-03-29). "New Line realigns, lifts Lynne". Variety. Retrieved 2017-05-11.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (2019-03-25). "Former New Line Co-CEO Michael Lynne Dead At Age 77". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  7. ^ Neil Genzlinger. "Michael Lynne, a Key Figure at New Line Cinema, Dies at 77 - The New York Times". Nytimes.com. Retrieved 2019-12-25.