Ashok Amritraj (born 22 February 1956) is Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, and was formerly CEO of National Geographic Films.
An internationally renowned award-winning producer, Amritraj has made over 100 films during the span of his 35-year career, with worldwide revenues in excess of $2 billion. He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood and produced films starring the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Robert De Niro, Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Andrew Garfield, Steve Martin, Rajinikanth, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Aniston, Nicolas Cage, and many more.
Amritraj's extraordinary career from Wimbledon tennis player to billion dollar Hollywood producer (chronicled in his autobiography Advantage Hollywood) is matched only by his commitment to education, diversity, and gender equality. Dedicating a significant amount of his time to philanthropic endeavors worldwide, in 2016 Amritraj was appointed as the first United Nations India Goodwill Ambassador for the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. In December 2018, by decree of the President of the Republic of France, Amritraj was appointed a Chevalier (Knight) of the Ordre National du Merité.
Amritraj has grown Hyde Park into a cutting-edge independent alternative to the traditional Hollywood system, fully realizing his vision for a progressive global company that incorporates the most essential elements of a full-fledged studio. Hyde Park's mandate encompasses feature film, television, digital, documentary, and local language content, with the Company possessing development, production, and financing capabilities in addition to handling worldwide sales and marketing.
Amritraj has had box office hits such as Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, starring Nicolas Cage, Bringing Down the House, starring Steve Martin, Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock, Walking Tall starring The Rock, and many more, as well as critically acclaimed titles including 99 Homes starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, Blue Valentine starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams, and Shopgirl, starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes.
Amritraj's current projects include: Tennis icon and African-American civil rights activist Arthur Ashe's Biopic in Partnership with Warner Music Group, Pashmina, a Major Animated Musical in partnership with Netflix, to be directed by Gurinder Chadha, Remote Control starring Gerard Butler in Partnership with STX Films, the remake of the iconic Blake Edwards’ film "10" with Warner Brothers, and Fordlandia, a Television event series, to be directed by Werner Herzog at AMC Studios.
Amritraj continues his commitment to diversity and inclusion with the recently announced Hyde Park Entertainment Asia with its first slate focusing on Indian/Asian filmmakers & stories for both English and local language audiences. The initial slate includes the explosive thriller and Pulitzer Prize finalist Maximum City written and to be directed by auteur filmmaker Anurag Kashyap, and the gripping Drama Paradise Towers based on the best selling novel from one of India's most celebrated directors, Zoya Akhtar, who brings the project to the screen.
Hyde Park Entertainment Group and its artists have received awards and recognition from the major award shows and film festivals including the Oscars, the BAFTA awards, the Emmys, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Globes, and many more.
Amritraj serves on the Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and on the Producers Executive Board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and on the advisory board for the Dodge Film School at Chapman University. In 2015, he was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London.
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He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1985||Nine Deaths of the Ninja|
|1986||Smart Alec||Executive producer|
|1989||The Jigsaw Murders||Executive producer|
|Eyewitness to Murder|
|Last Call||Executive producer|
|Night Eyes 2|
|1992||Invasion of Privacy||Direct-to-video|
|1993||Betrayal of the Dove|
|Night Eyes 3|
|1994||Last Resort||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Red Sun Rising||Executive producer|
|The Killing Machine||Executive producer|
|1995||Victim of Desire||Executive producer|
|Street Law||Executive producer|
|The Donor||Executive producer|
|No Exit||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|1996||Invisible Mom||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Alone in the Woods|
|Scorned 2||Executive producer|
|Time Under Fire|
|Inner Action||Executive producer|
|Surface to Air|
|Jungle Boy||Executive producer|
|The Last Siege: Never Surrender|
|A Murder of Crows|
|The White Raven|
|The Boy Who Saved Christmas|
|The Confession||Executive producer|
|Fugitive Mind||Executive producer||Direct-to-video|
|Angel in Training|
|Five Aces||Executive producer|
|The Boondock Saints||Executive producer|
|Invisible Mom II||Direct-to-video|
|Storm Catcher||Executive producer|
|If... Dog... Rabbit...|
|The Third Miracle||Executive producer|
|The White River Kid||Executive producer|
|2000||Jill Rips||Executive producer|
|Battlefield Earth||Executive producer|
|The Elf Who Didn't Believe|
|Get Carter||Executive producer|
|What's the Worst That Could Happen?|
|Original Sin||Executive producer|
|2002||Moonlight Mile||Executive producer|
|2003||Bringing Down the House|
|Battle in Seattle||Executive producer|
|Trick 'r Treat||Executive producer|
|The Other End of the Line|
|2009||Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li|
|The City of Your Final Destination||Executive producer|
|Dylan Dog: Dead of Night||Executive producer|
|Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance|
|2013||Life of Crime|
|2014||Every Secret Thing||Executive producer|
|The Journey Home||Executive producer|
|2015||Careful What You Wish For|
|2016||The Young Messiah||Executive producer|
|Term Life||Executive producer|
- As an actor
|1991||Night Eyes 2||Bar Patron|
|1995||Victim of Desire||LAPD Officer|
|Virtual Combat||Guard #2||Direct-to-video|
- As writer
- Miscellaneous crew
|1994||The Killing Machine||Presenter|
|1997||2103: The Deadly Wake||Special thanks|
|1992||Sexual Response||Television film|
|Night Eyes 4: Fatal Passion||Executive producer||Television film|
|1997||My Ghost Dog||Television film|
|2011||Lost Christmas||Executive producer||Television film|
- As an actor
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- "Dodge College Moves Up to #6 Spot in The Hollywood Reporter's Annual Ranking of Top 25 Film Schools - Maintains 'Top 10' Status for 5th Consecutive Year". Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
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