Ashok Amritraj

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Ashok Amritraj (born 22 February 1956)[1] is Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, and was formerly CEO of National Geographic Films.

Ashok Amritraj
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Born (1956-02-22) 22 February 1956 (age 64)
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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.[2] He has partnered with every major studio in Hollywood and produced films starring the likes of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson,[3] Robert De Niro,[4] Bruce Willis, Sandra Bullock, Sylvester Stallone, Angelina Jolie, Cate Blanchett, Dustin Hoffman, Andrew Garfield, Steve Martin, Rajinikanth, Antonio Banderas,[4] Jennifer Aniston,[5] Nicolas Cage,[6] and many more.

Amritraj's extraordinary career from Wimbledon tennis player to billion dollar Hollywood producer (chronicled in his autobiography Advantage Hollywood[7]) 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.[8] 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.[9]

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,[10] Bringing Down the House, starring Steve Martin,[11] Premonition, starring Sandra Bullock,[12] 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,[13] and Shopgirl, starring Steve Martin and Claire Danes.[14]

Amritraj's current projects include: Tennis icon and African-American civil rights activist Arthur Ashe's Biopic in Partnership with Warner Music Group,[15] Pashmina, a Major Animated Musical in partnership with Netflix, to be directed by Gurinder Chadha,[16] Remote Control starring Gerard Butler in Partnership with STX Films,[17] the remake of the iconic Blake Edwards’ film "10"[18] with Warner Brothers, and Fordlandia, a Television event series, to be directed by Werner Herzog at AMC Studios.[19]

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,[20] 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.[20]

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[21] and on the advisory board for the Dodge Film School at Chapman University.[22] In 2015, he was bestowed an honorary Doctorate of the Arts from the University of East London.[23]

Early lifeEdit

Ashok lived in Chennai, his mother's name is Maggie Dhairyam and father's name is Robert Amritraj. He has two brothers, Vijay Amritraj and Anand Amritraj, both international tennis players.

Personal lifeEdit

FilmographyEdit

He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.

FilmEdit

Year Film Credit Notes
1984 Fleshburn Executive producer
1985 Nine Deaths of the Ninja
School Spirit
1986 Smart Alec Executive producer
1988 Bloodstone Co-producer
1989 The Jigsaw Murders Executive producer
Eyewitness to Murder
1990 Night Eyes
Schweitzer
1991 Popcorn
Last Call Executive producer
Double Impact
Legal Tender
Night Eyes 2
1992 Invasion of Privacy Direct-to-video
Illicit Behavior
1993 Betrayal of the Dove
Tropical Heat
Night Eyes 3
Snapdragon
Scorned Executive producer
1994 Last Resort Executive producer Direct-to-video
Red Sun Rising Executive producer
Illicit Dreams
The Killing Machine Executive producer
1995 Victim of Desire Executive producer
Street Law Executive producer
Virtual Combat Direct-to-video
The Donor Executive producer
No Exit Executive producer Direct-to-video
1996 Invisible Mom Executive producer Direct-to-video
Night Hunter
Electra Executive producer
Virus Executive producer
Crash Dive Direct-to-video
Alone in the Woods
1997 Strategic Command
Scorned 2 Executive producer
Steel Sharks
Inferno
The Shooter
Time Under Fire
Inner Action Executive producer
1998 Scorpio One
Invisible Dad Direct-to-video
Surface to Air
Freedom Strike
Counter Measures Direct-to-video
Jeans
Jungle Boy Executive producer
Evasive Action
Black Thunder
The Last Siege: Never Surrender
A Murder of Crows
The White Raven
The Boy Who Saved Christmas
Dear Santa
Billy Frankenstein
1999 Tycus Direct-to-video
The Confession Executive producer
Prophet Direct-to-video
Fallout
Fugitive Mind Executive producer Direct-to-video
Angel in Training
Entropy Executive producer
Restraining Order
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
Uncredited
Mercy Executive producer
Battlefield Earth Executive producer
The Elf Who Didn't Believe
Get Carter Executive producer
2001 Antitrust Executive producer
What's the Worst That Could Happen?
Original Sin Executive producer
Bandits
2002 Moonlight Mile Executive producer
2003 Bringing Down the House
2004 Walking Tall
Raising Helen
2005 Shopgirl
Dreamer Executive producer
2007 Trade Executive producer
Premonition
Death Sentence
Battle in Seattle Executive producer
Trick 'r Treat Executive producer
2008 Asylum
Traitor Executive producer
The Other End of the Line
2009 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li
The City of Your Final Destination Executive producer
Dark Country
2010 Machete Executive producer
Leonie
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night Executive producer
2011 The Double
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
2013 Life of Crime
2014 Every Secret Thing Executive producer
99 Homes
The Journey Home Executive producer
2015 Careful What You Wish For
2016 The Young Messiah Executive producer
Term Life Executive producer
2017 Killing Hasselhoff
2019 Deadcon
Prey
As an actor
Year Film Role Notes
1991 Night Eyes 2 Bar Patron
1995 Victim of Desire LAPD Officer
Virtual Combat Guard #2 Direct-to-video
1996 Crash Dive Sailor Direct-to-video
1997 Scorned 2 Policeman
As writer
Year Film
1998 Jungle Boy
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role
1994 The Killing Machine Presenter
Thanks
Year Film Role
1997 2103: The Deadly Wake Special thanks

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Credit Notes
1992 Sexual Response Television film
1996 Blackout 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
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Blackout Bystander Television film

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Roy, Amit (21 February 2009). "Slumdog will sweep". The Telegraph. Calcutta, India.
  2. ^ "Subscribe to read". Financial Times. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  3. ^ Fleming, Michael (23 January 2003). "The Rock is 'Walking Tall'". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b Jha, Manish Kumar. "It Is The Time Of Disruption: Ashok Amritraj". BW Businessworld. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  5. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (11 September 2013). "Toronto: Elmore Leonard's 'Life Of Crime' Near U.S. Deal With Lionsgate/Roadside". Deadline. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  6. ^ ""Ghost Rider 2" poised to ignite lackluster franchise". Reuters. 16 February 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  7. ^ Amritraj, Ashok (2013). Advantage Hollywood. India: Harper Collins Publishers India. ISBN 978-93-5029-359-1.
  8. ^ Frater, Patrick (2 February 2017). "Hyde Park Entertainment's Ashok Amritraj on His New Role as India Goodwill Ambassador". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  9. ^ Frater, Patrick (14 December 2018). "Ashok Amritraj Decorated by French Government". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Movie Projector: 'Ghost Rider' sequel to scorch competition". Los Angeles Times. 17 February 2012. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  11. ^ McCarthy, Todd (23 February 2003). "Bringing Down the House". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  12. ^ "McMahon Has 'Premonition' for TriStar". www.backstage.com. 10 November 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Right Cinema: Blue Valentine is an Indie Film". Hyde Park Entertainment Group. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  14. ^ Brodesser, Claude; Dunkley, Cathy (18 September 2003). "Fox takes international on Hyde Park 'Shopgirl'". Variety. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  15. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (16 June 2020). "Hyde Park & Warner Music Group Team For Biopic About Tennis Legend Arthur Ashe".
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (6 March 2019). "Netflix Teams With Gurinder Chadha & Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park To Turn Nidhi Chanani Graphic Novel 'Pashmina' Into Animated Musical". Deadline. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  17. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (22 February 2020). "EFM Big Deal: Leonine Picks Up German Rights To Gerard Butler Action-Thriller 'Remote Control'".
  18. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (15 May 2020). "Warner Bros Remaking Blake Edwards Classic '10' With 'Legally Blonde' Scribes; Julie Andrews Exec Producing".
  19. ^ Petski, Denise (14 June 2018). "'Fordlandia' Novel Being Adapted For TV; Werner Herzog To Direct". Deadline. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  20. ^ a b Frater, Patrick (22 August 2019). "Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Launches Large-Scale Production Venture in India".
  21. ^ "ASHOK AMRITRAJ - Hollywood Film Producer". India West. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  22. ^ "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.
  23. ^ "Ashok Amritraj awarded honorary doctorate by a London Varsity". The Economic Times. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2019.

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