March 3, 1939 |
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Occupation||CEO, chairman of New Line Cinema, film producer, film director, writer and actor|
Robert Kenneth Shaye (born March 3, 1939), often referred to as Bob Shaye, is an American businessman, film producer, director and actor.
He is the founder of the film production and distribution company New Line Cinema. He produced the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, and contributed a number of his own ideas to the film, including the sticky staircase. He has directed two films for New Line, 1990's Book of Love and 2007's The Last Mimzy.
He held the position of chairman and CEO until February 28, 2008, when he and CEO Michael Lynne resigned after New Line Cinema was absorbed into Warner Bros. Pictures. Under Shaye, New Line released the franchises such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, the Austin Powers series, the Rush Hour series and the Final Destination series, as well as individual releases such as American History X, The Mask, Seven, and Snakes on a Plane.
In June 2008, Shaye announced that he and Michael Lynne had formed Unique Features, a new production company. He produced currently alongside Lynne the film adaption of the Maggie Stiefvater novel Shiver. Shaye will produce with Lynne the film adaption of the PlayStation 3 game Heavy Rain.
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