Michael Lynne is a graduate of Brooklyn College and holds a JD from Columbia University. After a chance encounter with law-school acquaintance Bob Shaye, Lynne joined New Line Cinema as outside legal counsel in the early 1980s. 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.
In June 2008, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne departed New Line and formed an independent film company, Unique Features.
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