Alum Wins Prestigious Chevaliers Des Arts et Lettres from France

Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn College alumnus Michael Lynne (’61) has gone from the best of Brooklyn to the toast of France.

Lynne, co-chairman and co-executive officer of New Line Cinema, was honored at the Cannes Film Festival in May with the Chevaliers des Arts et Des Lettres, a very prominent award bestowed annually by France’s Minister of Culture to recognize significant contributions to the arts and literature. Previous recipients include William Faulkner, Clint Eastwood, Ralph Waldo Ellison, Celine Dion, Ella Fitzgerald, and Brooklyn’s own Mel Brooks.

Lynne also received the Brooklyn College Foundation’s “Best of Brooklyn” award in 2005.

He co-produced the Lord of the Ring trilogy, the most successful franchise in film history, and has presided over New Line as it has become one of the premier independent film companies in the world. Lynne and his New Line partner Robert Shaye received the French award for a lifetime of making movies.

During Lynne’s tenure, New Line has produced and distributed a diverse mix of financially successful and critically acclaimed motion pictures, such as Elf, About Schmidt, The Player, the Austin Powers trilogy, Rush Hour, Magnolia, Shine, Dumb and Dumber, Wag the Dog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Hairspray-later coproduced on Broadway, where it won a Tony for Best Musical-and the Nightmare on Elm Street series.
Lynne is a connoisseur and supporter of contemporary art and sits on the boards of the Museum of Modern Art, the Drawing Center, and the American Museum of the Moving Image. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of Columbia Law School, and the Dean’s Council of Columbia University School of the Arts. He also is a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation. He and his wife, Ninah, have two children and reside in New York City.