Robert Shaye

Executive, Distributor, Producer
Hailed as "the quintessential independent", Shaye has masterminded the transformation of a modest homegrown "niche pic" operation into a leading film production and distribution studio over the course of the last 25 ... Read more »
Born: 03/03/1939 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Producer (35)

Shadowhunters 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

When the Bough Breaks 2016 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Alt-Delete 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hairspray 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Golden Compass 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last Mimzy 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring 2001 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Frequency 2000 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Blink 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heart Condition 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Freddy's Nightmares 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Critters 2: The Main Course 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Prince of Pennsylvania 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Demon Lover 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stranded 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Hidden 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Critters 1986 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Quiet Cool 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Alone in the Dark 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Xtro 1982 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Polyester 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The First Time 1981 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stunts 1977 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (7)

Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film 2007 (Movie)

On-Camera Interview (Actor)

Festival in Cannes 2002 (Movie)

Bert Shuster (Actor)

Divine Trash 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wes Craven's New Nightmare 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Writer (2)

Alone in the Dark 1982 (Movie)

(From Story)

Stunts 1977 (Movie)

(From Story)
Director (2)

The Last Mimzy 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Book of Love 1991 (Movie)

(Director)
Other (1)

Festival in Cannes 2002 (Movie)

(New Line Cinema) (Special Thanks)

Biography

Hailed as "the quintessential independent", Shaye has masterminded the transformation of a modest homegrown "niche pic" operation into a leading film production and distribution studio over the course of the last 25 years. As the founder, president and chief executive officer of New Line Cinema, Shaye evolved from distributing 16mm foreign and "cult" films on the college and midnight circuit to having 25 projects scheduled for production between 1996 and 1998 at a cost of $520 million. New Line also successfully diversified into various fields including home video and TV programming distribution and launched its own art-film division. Not bad for a company that started out in a Greenwich Village apartment.

Relationships

Juno Shaye

Daughter

Katja Shaye

Daughter

Eva Lindsten

Wife
married in 1970

Max Shaye

Father

Dorothy Shaye

Mother

Lin Shaye

Sister
appeared in "Kingpin" and "There's Something About Mary"

EDUCATION

Sorbonne, University of Paris

Paris 1961
did post-graduate

University of Stockholm

1964 - 1966
attended on a Fullbright Scholarship to study copyright law; earned Diploma of Merit in Copyrights

Columbia University Law School

New York , New York 1964

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor , Michigan 1960

Milestones

2007

Returned to directing with "The Last Mimzy"

2001

Produced "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy through New Line Cinema

1996

New Line announced its intent to produce 25 features over the next two years at a cost of $520 million

1995

Named in a $5,000 small-claims court suit against New Line for failing to pay actor Brian Evans residuals for the preceding three years for his work in "Book of Love" (which Shaye helmed)

1994

New Line signed newlywed actress Geena Davis and director Renny Harlin to two-year, production and development first look, non-exclusive deal

1994

Appeared as himself in "Wes Craven's New Nightmare", a superior and reflexive horror sequel

1993

New Line acquired by Turner Broadcasting System Inc.; Shaye paid $100 million; signed five-year management contract to continue as president and CEO

1992

New Line teamed with financier John Kluge to attempt to buy Orion Pictures Corp. out of bankruptcy; later abandoned effort

1991

New Line bought out Media Home Entertainment's share of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" series

1991

New Line acquired distribution rights to Nelson Entertainment's library of 600 films and subsequent foreign theatrical and worldwide video rights to all Castle Rock product; Castle Rock's "Misery", directed by Rob Reiner, first release of New Line Home Vi

1991

New Line Television Distribution formed; operated as a division of RHI Entertainment Inc.

1990

New Line produced and distributed Reginald Hudlin's "House Party", a black teen-oriented comedy which became one of their most profitable features to date

1990

Made feature directorial debut with "Book of Love"

1990

"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" grossed more than $133 million domestic (New Line had only paid $2 million to distribute)

1990

Announced largest slate to date with seven in-house productions and eight acquisitions

1990

Launched New Line Home Video

1990

With Chemical Bank putting up the bulk of the money, New Line invested in RHI Entertaionment thereby gaining access to RHI's 1,000-title Qintex/Halmi/Hal Roach Library

1990

Launched Fine Line, a division of New Line devoted to producing, distributing and marketing art films; features produced include "My Own Private Idaho" and "Hoop Dreams"

1989

New Line made its most ambitious acquisition picking up all North American distribution rights to "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", produced by Hong Kong's Golden Harvest Film

1989

New Line's net profit fell 86 percent for the year ending December 31; loss attributed to relatively poor performance of "A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child"; only one in-house produced film that year

1988

New Line achieved record profits and sales at the end of the fiscal year, buoyed by the success of "A Handful of Dust", "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" and Waters' "Hairspray" and the domestic and foreign merchandizing of products related

1988

Increased New Line's production slate to at least 12 films per year, at an average production budget of $5-7 million

1988

TV producing debut, executive produced "Freddy's Nightmares", a syndicated horror anthology series inspired by the popular "A Nightmare on Elm Street" movies

1986

Completed an initial public offering of New Line on the stock market in September; remained controlling stockholder

1984

New Line produced and distributed its first major hit with Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street"; began successful franchise

1981

Credited as executive producer on Waters' first mainstream comedy, "Polyester"

1977

Feature producing debut, "Stunts", a suspenser for which he also provided the story

1973

Acquired John Waters' breakthrough feature "Pink Flamingos" for distribution; beginning of New Line's long association with writer-director Waters

1967

Founded New Line Cinema Corporation out of his Greenwich Village apartment; served as president and chief executive officer

1954

At age 15 wrote, produced, and directed training film for the carryout boys at his father's supermarket

Distributed features as diverse as "Reefer Madness" and Jean-Luc Godard's experimental documentary "Sympathy for the Devil" (marketing the latter as a rock'n'roll film)

Won grand prize, split with a young Martin Scorsese, for a short entered in a national competition for under-25-year-olds

Wrote, produced, directed and edited short films, trailers and television commercials

Initially specialized in distributing 16mm films on the college circuit

Bonus Trivia

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Shaye was chosen for the 1995 Pioneer of the Year award given by the Foundation of the Motion Picture Pioneers at their 57th dinner on December 11, 1995. Intended for entertainment executives who have distinguished themselves through their jobs and their dedication to charitable causes, the award's previous recipients include Laurence A. Tisch, Mike Medavoy, Frank Mancuso and Sumner Redstone. Ppresident Clinton and Ted Turner sent their regards.

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Shaye speaks proudly of New Line Cinema's approach: "We believe we are different from many other entertainment companies. We are not financiers and distributors; we are producers and distributors. The difference is important. We know the only way to make money in this business is to deliver films people want to see. We stand by our theme: New Line Cinema--We Make Entertainment." (from press release material)

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Shaye was named as a Fulbright Scholar and studied copyright law (1964-66)

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He is the recipient of the First Prize, Rosenthal competition, for the Best Motion Picture by an American Director Under the Age of 25, sponsored by the Society of Cinematologists (1964)

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Shaye has received an award in the ASCAP/Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition (1964)

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He is the recipient of the Certificate of Merit from the Institute of Copyrights and Patents at the University of Stockholm (1966)

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Serves as a member of the New York Bar Association

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Shaye was honored with the Career Achievement Award at the fourth annual ShoEast exhibitors convention in 1989, sponsored by the National Association of Theater Owners

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