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Jason Ferus Blum (/blʌm/;[1] born February 20, 1969)[2] is an American film producer. He is the founder and CEO of the eponymous company Blumhouse Productions, which has produced such film franchises as Paranormal Activity, The Purge, and Insidious. He also produced the critically acclaimed and commercially successful films Sinister (2012), Oculus (2013), The Gift (2015), Hush (2016), Split (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Happy Death Day (2017), Upgrade (2018), Halloween (2018), and Us (2019).

Jason Blum
Jason Blum by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Blum at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Jason Ferus Blum

(1969-02-20) February 20, 1969 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materVassar College
Occupation
  • Film producer
  • television producer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)
Lauren A.E. Schuker (m. 2012)

Blum received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Whiplash (2014), Get Out (2017), and BlacKkKlansman (2018).[3] He received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for producing the drama film The Normal Heart (2014). He also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for the documentary miniseries The Jinx (2015).

Early lifeEdit

Blum was born in Los Angeles, California,[4] the son of Shirley (née Neilsen) and Irving Blum. His mother was an art professor and his father was an independent art dealer and director of the Ferus Gallery.[5][6] His father was Jewish.[7][8] His mother was previously married to museum director Walter Hopps.[9][10]

CareerEdit

Blum worked for Bob and Harvey Weinstein as an executive at Miramax, and later as an independent producer for Paramount Pictures. Prior to his tenure at Miramax, Blum was a producing director at Ethan Hawke's Malaparte theater company.[11] Blum is a 1991 graduate of Vassar College.[12][13]

He obtained financing for his first film as producer, Kicking and Screaming (1995), after receiving a letter from family acquaintance, entertainer Steve Martin, who endorsed the script. Blum attached the letter to copies of the script he sent around to Hollywood executives.[14]

Blumhouse ProductionsEdit

In 2000, he founded Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in producing micro-budget movies that give directors full creative control over the projects.[11] Some of the films produced by Blum have been highly profitable, including horror film Paranormal Activity which was made for $15,000 and earned nearly $200 million.[15] NPR's Planet Money did a special podcast about how Blum's production house gets its success.[16]

Blum also produced Insidious (2010), Sinister (2012), The Purge (2013), and Happy Death Day (2017), all of which had successful sequels.[17] In 2014, he served as an executive producer on the television film The Normal Heart, which went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. In 2015, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for HBO's The Jinx. Blum produced the feature films BlacKkKlansman, Whiplash and Get Out, all of which earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[3]

In 2018, Blum said in an interview that the reason no woman had ever directed one of his horror films was that "there are not a lot of female directors (...) and even less who are inclined to do horror".[18] After much criticism on social media, in which lists of such directors were circulated,[19] he apologized for what he called his "dumb comments".[20] The studio's first released film by a female director will be Black Christmas, directed by Sophia Takal.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

On July 14, 2012, Blum married journalist Lauren A.E. Schuker in Los Angeles.[5]

In July 2019 he bought a Brooklyn Heights townhouse for $9.8 million.[22]

FilmographyEdit

All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.

FilmEdit

Year Film Notes
1995 Kicking and Screaming Associate producer
1996 One Way Out Executive producer
2000 Hamlet Executive producer
2002 The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina Direct-to-video
Executive producer
2003 Easy Six
2004 The Fever
2006 The Darwin Awards
Griffin and Phoenix
2007 Graduation Executive producer
Paranormal Activity
2008 The Accidental Husband
The Reader Co-executive producer
2010 Tooth Fairy
Insidious
Paranormal Activity 2
2011 The FP Executive producer
Paranormal Activity 3
2012 The Babymakers
Sinister
Lawless Executive producer
The Lords of Salem
The Bay
Paranormal Activity 4
2013 Dark Skies
The Purge
The Green Inferno Executive producer
Oculus Executive producer
Plush
Insidious: Chapter 2
Best Night Ever
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
Whiplash
13 Sins Executive producer
Creep
Not Safe for Work
The Purge: Anarchy
Unfriended Executive producer
The Town That Dreaded Sundown
Mockingbird
Mercy
Stretch
Ouija
Jessabelle
2015 The Boy Next Door
Exeter Executive producer
The Lazarus Effect
Area 51
Insidious: Chapter 3
The Gallows
The Gift
Sinister 2
Visions
The Visit
Curve
Martyrs
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
Jem and the Holograms
2016 The Veil
Sleight Executive producer
In a Valley of Violence
Hush
The Darkness
Lowriders
The Purge: Election Year
Viral
Birth of the Dragon Executive producer
Split
Ouija: Origin of Evil
Incarnate
2017 Get Out
Stephanie
The Keeping Hours
Amityville: The Awakening
Creep 2
Happy Death Day
2018 Insidious: The Last Key
Unfriended: Dark Web
Upgrade
Benji
Truth or Dare
Stockholm Executive producer
Delirium
BlacKkKlansman
The First Purge
Halloween
The Lie
Bloodline
Seven in Heaven
2019 Glass
Don't Let Go
Sweetheart
Happy Death Day 2U
Us
Adopt a Highway
Ma
The Gallows Act II
Prey Direct-to-video
Black Christmas
2020 Fantasy Island
The Invisible Man
Halloween Kills
TBA
Five Nights at Freddy's
Merrily We Roll Along
Nocturne
Once Upon a Time in Staten Island
Run Sweetheart Run
The Craft
The Hunt
You Should Have Left
Thanks
Year Film Notes
2011 Another Happy Day The director wishes to thank
2013 Unknown Project Special thanks
2015 The Haunting of Pearson Place Inspired by
2016 The Remains Personal thanks to the following for their contributions to the making of this movie
2017 Get the Girl Special thanks
Speech & Debate The producers wish to thank

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Notes
2002 Hysterical Blindness Television film
Executive producer
2009 Washingtonienne Television pilot
2012 The River Executive producer
2013 Stranded Executive producer
2014 The Normal Heart Television film
Executive producer
Ascension Executive producer
2015 Eye Candy Executive producer
The Jinx Executive producer
South of Hell Executive producer
Hellevator Executive producer
2015–16 #15SecondScare Executive producer
2016 Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? Executive producer
12 Deadly Days Executive producer
2017 Election Day: Lens Across America Television film
Executive producer
Cold Case Files Executive producer
2018 Run for Your Life Television pilot
Executive producer
Ghoul Executive producer
Sharp Objects Executive producer
Sacred Lies Executive producer
Tremors Television pilot
Executive producer
2019 Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice Executive producer
The Loudest Voice
No One Saw a Thing Executive producer
2018–19 Into the Dark Executive producer
The Purge Executive producer
2020 The Good Lord Bird Executive producer
TBA The Horror of Dolores Roach Executive producer
Wolves and Villagers Executive producer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Five Favorite Horror Films: Jason Blum". Rotten Tomatoes. October 15, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Interview Jason Blum". Dorkshelf. February 20, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Oscar Nominations: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' & 'Birdman' Lead Way With 9 Noms; 'Imitation Game' Scores 8". Deadline. January 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Bhattacharji, Alex (July 16, 2018). "How Producer Jason Blum is Disrupting Hollywood". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 20, 2018.  
  5. ^ a b "Weddings/Celebrations - Lauren Schuker and Jason Blum". The New York Times. July 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Blums". Dictionary of Art Historians.
  7. ^ Stromberg, David (March 28, 2008). "The Forgotten Warhol". Haaretz. In fact, the first person to present Andy Warhol as a visual, as opposed to commercial, artist was a Jew named Irving Blum, who in 1962 exhibited - and then bought for himself - the entire original series of Warhol's Campbell's Soup can paintings.
  8. ^ Klug, Lisa (June 23, 2016). "Who said Jews run Hollywood? Inaugural list of 100 prominent players in Tinseltown shows a lack of diversity -- and a whole lot of MOT". Times of Israel.
  9. ^ "White Men Can't Paint! by Charlie Finch". Artnet Magazine.
  10. ^ Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter (November 4, 2013). "Art Dealer Irving Blum on Andy Warhol and the 1960s L.A. Art Scene (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ a b "About Blumhouse Productions". Blumhouse.com. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Lynn Hirschberg. "Producer Jason Blum Is Taking Hollywood By Storm With Horror Movies". W. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "How I Made It: Jason Blum, film producer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "I am Jason Blum, producer of Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious: Chapter2". Reddit. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  15. ^ "Paranormal Activity (2007)". Box Office Mojo.
  16. ^ Henn, Steve; Vanek Smith, Stacey (March 29, 2017). "Episode 650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out". NPR. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  17. ^ "Q&A: Producer Jason Blum talks "OUIJA", "PURGE 3", "CURVE" & More…". Fangoria. February 4, 2015. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  18. ^ Patches, Matt (October 18, 2018). "Blumhouse has never produced a theatrically released horror movie directed by a woman — but hopes to". Polygon. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  19. ^ Nyren, Erin (October 18, 2018). "Jason Blum Says He's Meeting With Women Directors After Claiming 'There Aren't a Lot'". Variety. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  20. ^ Lussier, Germain (October 19, 2018). "Halloween Producer Jason Blum Has Apologized for His Ridiculous Comments About Women Directors". io9. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  21. ^ Kohn, Eric; Kohn, Eric (December 7, 2018). "Blumhouse Hires Another Woman Director: Sophia Takal's All-Female Horror Movie".
  22. ^ Keil, Jennifer Gould (July 24, 2019). "Producer Jason Blum shells out $10M for Brooklyn townhouse". NY Post. Retrieved August 11, 2019.

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