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Producer Profile: Brian Grazer

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Production Company: Imagine Entertainment
Occupation: Producer
Active Years: 20+
Birthdate: 1951

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than twenty years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for three Academy Awards, and in 2002 he won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind.  In addition to winning three other Academy Awards, A Beautiful Mind also won four Golden Globe Awards (including Best Motion Picture Drama) and earned Grazer the first annual Awareness Award from the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign.

In 2002, Brian produced 8 Mile, starring Eminem, which received numerous critical accolades.  Its opening weekend, the film grossed $51.2 million dollars (the highest ever for an R-rated non-sequel).

Over the years, Grazer's films and TV shows have been nominated for a total of 39 Oscars and 26 Emmys. At the same time, his movies have generated more than $10.5 billion in worldwide theatrical, music, and video grosses. Reflecting this combination of commercial and artistic achievement, the Producers Guild of America honored Grazer with the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. His accomplishments have also been recognized by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which in 1998 added Grazer to the short list of producers with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On March 6, 2003, ShoWest will celebrate Brian's success by making him the recipient of their Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to A Beautiful Mind, Grazer's films include Apollo 13, for which Grazer won the Producers Guild's Daryl F. Zanuck Motion Picture Producer of the Year Award as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Picture of 1995, and Splash, which he co-wrote as well as produced and for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay of 1986. Among his other films are Cinderella Man; Inside Deep Throat; Fun with Dick and Jane; The Missing; The Alamo; The Cat in the Hat; Intolerable Cruelty; Blue Crush; Undercover Brother; The Grinch; Nutty Professor; Liar, Liar; Ransom; My Girl; Backdraft; Kindergarten Cop; Parenthood; Clean and Sober; and Spies Like Us.

Grazer's television productions include 2003's Emmy Outstanding Drama Nominee, Golden Globe Best Television Series Drama Nominee and PGA award winning 24, NBC's Mismatch, Fox's Arrested Development, ABC's The Big House, the WB's Felicity, ABC's SportsNight, as well as HBO's From the Earth to the Moon, for which he won the Emmy for Outstanding Mini-Series.

Grazer began his career as a producer developing television projects. It was while he was executive-producing TV pilots for Paramount Pictures in the early 1980s that Grazer first met his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard. Their collaboration began in 1985 with the hit comedies Night Shift and Splash, and in 1986 the two founded Imagine Entertainment, which they continue to run together as co-chairmen.

FILMS PRODUCED BY IMAGINE
1)  THE BURBS    2-89
2)  THE DREAM TEAM   4-89
3)  PARENTHOOD    8-89
4)  CRY BABY    4-90
5)  PROBLEM CHILD   7-90
6)  KINDERGARTEN COP   12-90
7)  THE DOORS    3-91
8)  CLOSET LAND    3-91
9)  BACKDRAFT    5-91
10)  PROBLEM CHILD 2   7-91
11)  MY GIRL     11-91
12)  FAR AND AWAY   5-92
13)  HOUSESITTER    6-92
14)  BOOMERANG    7-92
15)  COP AND A HALF   4-93
16)  CB4     2-93
17)  FOR LOVE OR MONEY   1993
18)  MY GIRL 2    2-94
19)  THE PAPER    3-94
20)  APOLLO 13    1995
21)  SGT. BILKO    1996
22)  FEAR     1996
23)  THE NUTTY PROFESSOR  1996
24)  THE CHAMBER    10/96
25)  RANSOM    11/96
26)  INVENTING THE ABBOTTS  1997
27)  LIAR, LIAR    1997
28)  PSYCHO     12-98
29)  EDTV     3-99
30)  LIFE     4-99
31) BOWFINGER    8-99
32) NUTTY PROF. II    7-00
33) HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS     11/00
34) A BEAUTIFUL MIND   12/01
35) UNDERCOVER BROTHER  5/02
36) BLUE CRUSH    8/02
37) APOLLO 13 (IMAX)   9/02
38) 8 MILE     11/02
39) INTOLERABLE CRUELTY  4/03
40) CAT IN THE HAT   11/03
41) THE MISSING    12/03
42) FUN WITH DICK AND JANE  6/04
43) INSIDE DEEP THROAT   11/04
44) CINDERELLA MAN   12/04

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