Jason Blum

Jason Ferus Blum (/blʌm/;[1] born February 20, 1969)[2] is an American film and television producer. He is the founder and CEO of the eponymous Blumhouse Productions, which produced the horror franchises Paranormal Activity (2007–2015), Insidious (2010–2018), and The Purge (2013–2021). Blum has also produced critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, such as Sinister (2012), Oculus (2013), The Gift (2015), Hush (2016), Split (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Happy Death Day (2017), Upgrade (2018), Halloween (2018), Us (2019) and The Invisible Man (2020).

Jason Blum
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Blum at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Jason Ferus Blum

(1969-02-20) February 20, 1969 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materVassar College
OccupationProducer
Years active1995–present
OrganizationBlumhouse Productions
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 is a member of the board of trustees of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures[14].

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.[15]

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.[16] NPR's Planet Money did a special podcast about how Blum's production house gets its success.[17]

Blum also produced Insidious (2010), Sinister (2012), The Purge (2013), and Happy Death Day (2017), all of which had successful sequels.[18] 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."[19] After much criticism on social media, in which lists of such directors were circulated,[20] he apologized for what he called his "dumb comments."[21] In 2019, Sophia Takal directed and co-wrote the studio's horror remake Black Christmas, which opened on December 13, the studio's first released film by a female director.[22]

Other venturesEdit

On August 14, 2020, Daily Front Row listed Blum as one of a group of high profile investors who purchased W magazine, a troubled fashion magazine.[23]

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.[24]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Producer Notes
1995 Kicking and Screaming Associate
1996 One Way Out Executive
2000 Hamlet Executive
2002 The Adventures of Tom Thumb and Thumbelina Executive
2003 Easy Six Yes
2004 The Fever Yes
2006 The Darwin Awards Yes
Griffin & Phoenix Yes
2007 Graduation Executive
Paranormal Activity Yes
2008 The Accidental Husband Yes
The Reader Executive
2010 Tooth Fairy Yes
Insidious Yes
Paranormal Activity 2 Yes
2011 The FP Executive
Paranormal Activity 3 Yes
2012 The Babymakers Yes
Sinister Yes
Lawless Executive
The Lords of Salem Yes
The Bay Yes
Paranormal Activity 4 Yes
2013 Dark Skies Yes
The Purge Yes
The Green Inferno Executive
Oculus Executive
Plush Yes
Insidious: Chapter 2 Yes
Best Night Ever Yes
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Yes
Whiplash Yes
13 Sins Executive
Creep Yes
Not Safe for Work Yes
The Purge: Anarchy Yes
Unfriended Executive
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Yes
Mockingbird Yes
Mercy Yes
Stretch Yes
Ouija Yes
Jessabelle Yes
2015 The Boy Next Door Yes
Exeter Executive
The Lazarus Effect Yes
Area 51 Yes
Insidious: Chapter 3 Yes
The Gallows Yes
The Gift Yes
Sinister 2 Yes
Visions Yes
The Visit Yes
Curve Yes
Martyrs Yes
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Yes
Jem and the Holograms Yes
Fifteen Executive Short film
2016 The Veil Yes
Sleight Executive
In a Valley of Violence Yes
Hush Yes
The Darkness Yes
Lowriders Yes
The Purge: Election Year Yes
Viral Yes
Birth of the Dragon Executive
Split Yes
Ouija: Origin of Evil Yes
Incarnate Yes
2017 Get Out Yes
Stephanie Yes
The Keeping Hours Yes
Amityville: The Awakening Yes
Creep 2 Yes
Happy Death Day Yes
2018 Insidious: The Last Key Yes
Unfriended: Dark Web Yes
Upgrade Yes
Benji Yes
Truth or Dare Yes
Stockholm Executive
Bathtubs Over Broadway Executive
Delirium Yes
BlacKkKlansman Yes
The First Purge Yes
Halloween Yes
The Lie Yes
Bloodline Yes
Seven in Heaven Yes
2019 Glass Yes
Don't Let Go Yes
Sweetheart Yes
Happy Death Day 2U Yes
Us Yes
Adopt a Highway Yes
Ma Yes
The Gallows Act II Yes
Prey Yes Direct-to-video
The Vigil Executive
Black Christmas Yes
2020 Run Sweetheart Run Yes
Fantasy Island Yes
The Invisible Man Yes
The Hunt Yes
A Secret Love Executive
Pray Away Executive
You Should Have Left Yes
Black Box Executive
Nocturne Executive Post-production
Evil Eye Executive Post-production
The Craft: Legacy Yes Post-production
Freaky Yes Completed
2021 The Forever Purge Yes Post-production
Halloween Kills Yes Completed
2022 Halloween Ends Yes In development
Paranormal Activity 7 Yes In development
TBA
This Is The Night Yes Post-production
Vengeance Yes Filming
Merrily We Roll Along Yes Filmed over 20 years
White Smoke Yes In development
Wolfman Yes In development
Dracula Yes In development
Mother Nature Yes In development
Bev Kearney Story Yes In development
Spawn Yes In development
Five Nights at Freddy's Yes In development

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Producer Notes
2002 Hysterical Blindness Executive Television film
2009 Washingtonienne Yes Television pilot
2012 The River Executive 8 episodes
2013 Stranded Executive 6 episodes
2014 The Normal Heart Executive Television film
Ascension Executive Miniseries
2015 Eye Candy Executive 10 episodes
The Jinx Executive Miniseries
South of Hell Executive 8 episodes
Hellevator Executive 12 episodes
2015–2016 #15SecondScare Executive 14 episodes
2016 Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? Executive 3 episodes
12 Deadly Days Executive 12 episodes
2017 Election Day: Lens Across America Executive Television film
Cold Case Files Executive 10 episodes
2018 Run for Your Life Executive Television pilot
Ghoul Executive Miniseries
Sharp Objects Executive Miniseries
Sacred Lies Executive 20 episodes
Tremors Executive Television pilot
2019 Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice Executive 6 episodes
The Loudest Voice Yes Miniseries
No One Saw a Thing Executive 6 episodes
Liberty: Mother of Exiles Executive Television film
2018–present Into the Dark Executive 22 episodes
2018–2019 The Purge Executive 20 episodes
2020 Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections Executive Television film
Betaal Executive 4 episodes
A Wilderness of Error Executive 5 episodes
The Good Lord Bird Executive Miniseries
TBA
The Horror of Dolores Roach Executive In development
Wolves and Villagers Executive In development
Upgrade Executive In development

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result
2010 25th Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Paranormal Activity Nominated
2014 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Television Movie The Normal Heart Won
2015 72nd Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
26th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Long-Form Television Nominated
Best Theatrical Motion Picture Whiplash Nominated
4th AACTA International Awards Best Film Nominated
30th Independent Spirit Awards Best Film Nominated
87th Academy Awards Best Picture Nominated
67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series The Jinx Won
2016 27th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Non-Fiction Television Won
2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards 2017 Best Feature Get Out Nominated
2018 75th Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Nominated
29th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Theatrical Motion Picture Nominated
33rd Independent Spirit Awards Best Film Won
90th Academy Awards Best Picture Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards 2018 Breakthrough Series – Long Form Sharp Objects Nominated
2019 76th Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Drama BlackKklansman Nominated
Best Miniseries or Television Film Sharp Objects Nominated
30th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Limited Series Television Nominated
Best Theatrical Motion Picture BlackKklansman Nominated
72nd British Academy Film Awards Best Film Nominated
91st Academy Awards Best Picture Nominated
71st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited Series Sharp Objects Nominated
2020 77th Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film The Loudest Voice Nominated

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. ^ "Academy Museum Names New Board of Trustees | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  15. ^ "I am Jason Blum, producer of Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious: Chapter2". Reddit. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  16. ^ "Paranormal Activity (2007)". Box Office Mojo.
  17. ^ Henn, Steve; Vanek Smith, Stacey (March 29, 2017). "Episode 650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out". NPR. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Lussier, Germain (October 19, 2018). "Halloween Producer Jason Blum Has Apologized for His Ridiculous Comments About Women Directors". io9. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  22. ^ Kohn, Eric (December 7, 2018). "Blumhouse Hires Another Woman Director: Sophia Takal's All-Female Horror Movie".
  23. ^ Freya Drohan (August 14, 2020). "Investor Group including Karlie Kloss and Kaia Gerber acquire W magazine". Daily Front Row. Retrieved October 4, 2020. Kirsten Green, a venture capitalist who notably bet early on Glossier and Warby Parker, Dara Treseder, the SVP, head of global marketing and communications at Peloton, film and TV producer Jason Blum, and investment banker Aryeh B. Bourkoff are also among the investor group.
  24. ^ 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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