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He is an alumnus of Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he majored in government and was captain of the lacrosse team as a goalie. He also represented Greece at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championship.
Katagas won an Academy Award for Best Picture for his role in producing "12 Years a Slave." Katagas' awards include a BAFTA, Golden Globe, Broadcast Critics' Choice Award, Independent Spirit Award and the Darryl F. Zanuck PGA Award for Best Picture. He has had four films nominated for the Palme d'Or and two films nominated for César Awards. His films have garnered nominations or awards from the DGA, SAG, National Board of Review, Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics and appeared on the prestigious AFI list for achievement in film.
In 1999, Katagas started Keep Your Head Productions, geared towards producing independent films in his hometown of New York City. Through Keep Your Head Productions, he has produced films by Michael Almereyda: "Happy Here and Now" (IFC Films, 2001), "This So-Called Disaster" (IFC Films, 2002), "William Eggelston in the Real World" (Palm Pictures, 2005) and "Cymbeline" (Benaroya Pictures, 2014). He also produced James Gray's, "The Immigrant" (The Weinstein Company, 2013), which competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and James Gray's "The Lost City Of Z."
Katagas' credits include: Ray McKinnon's "Chrystal" (First Look, 2004), Adam Rapp's "Winter Passing" (Focus Features, 2005), Ben Younger's "Prime" (Universal, 2005), Lasse Hallström's "The Hoax" (Miramax, 2006), Vadim Perelman's "The Life Before Her Eyes" (Magnolia Pictures, 2007), James Gray's two Palme d'Or and César-nominated films "We Own the Night" (Columbia Pictures, 2007) and "Two Lovers" (2929 Productions, 2008), Marc Lawrence's "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" (Columbia, 2009), Wes Craven's "My Soul To Take" (Universal, 2010), Paul Haggis' "The Next Three Days" (Lionsgate, 2010), John Singleton's "Abduction" (Lionsgate, 2011).
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