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 Blumhouse Productions, which produced the horror franchises Paranormal Activity (2007–2015), Insidious (2010–2018), and The Purge (2013–2021). Blum also produced Sinister (2012), Oculus (2013), Whiplash (2014), The Gift (2015), Hush (2016), Split (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Get Out (2017), Happy Death Day (2017), Upgrade (2018), Halloween (2018), Us (2019), The Invisible Man (2020), and Freaky (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 52)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materVassar College
OccupationProducer
Years active1995–present
OrganizationBlumhouse Productions
Spouse(s)
Lauren A.E. Schuker
(m. 2012)
Parent(s)

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 Neilsen Blum (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]

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.[7] Blum is a 1991 graduate of Vassar College.[8][9] He is a member of the board of trustees of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.[10]

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.[citation needed] Blum attached the letter to copies of the script he sent around to Hollywood executives.[11]

Blumhouse ProductionsEdit

In 2000, he founded Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in producing micro-budget movies that give directors full creative control over the projects.[7] Bloomberg News praised Blum for making "blockbusters for pennies",[12] including the horror film Paranormal Activity which cost $15,000 to make and then grossed nearly $200 million.[13] In addition, NPR's Planet Money did a special podcast about the company's methods.[14]

Blum also produced Insidious (2010), Sinister (2012), The Purge (2013), and Happy Death Day (2017), as well as their sequels.[15] In 2014, he served as executive producer for 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.[citation needed]

Blum's feature films BlacKkKlansman, Whiplash and Get Out were all nominated 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."[16] After much criticism on social media, in which lists of such directors were circulated,[17] he apologized for what he called his "dumb comments".[18] In 2019, Sophia Takal directed and co-wrote the studio's horror remake Black Christmas, which opened on December 13, the studio's first theatrically-released film by a female director.[19]

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.[citation needed]

BoardsEdit

Blum is on the Board of The Public Theater in New York, the Sundance Institute, Vassar College and the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Awards and recognitionEdit

Blum has been recognized by TIME magazine’s 100 list of the world’s most influential people and has appeared several times on Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment List.” In 2016, he received the Producer of the Year Award at CinemaCon.

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.[20]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Universal PicturesEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2013 The Purge James DeMonaco
2014 Not Safe for Work Joe Johnston
The Purge: Anarchy James DeMonaco
Mockingbird Bryan Bertino
Mercy Peter Cornwell
Stretch Joe Carnahan
Ouija Stiles White
2015 The Boy Next Door Rob Cohen
Visions Kevin Greutert
The Visit M. Night Shyamalan
Curve Iain Softley
Jem and the Holograms Jon M. Chu
2016 The Veil Phil Joanou Direct-to-video
The Purge: Election Year James DeMonaco
Split M. Night Shyamalan
Ouija: Origin of Evil Mike Flanagan
2017 Get Out Jordan Peele
Stephanie Akiva Goldsman
The Keeping Hours Karen Moncrieff
Happy Death Day Christopher Landon
2018 Insidious: The Last Key Adam Robitel
Unfriended: Dark Web Stephen Susco Through OTL Releasing
Upgrade Leigh Whannell
Truth or Dare Jeff Wadlow
Delirium Dennis Iliadis Direct-to-video
The First Purge Gerard McMurray
Halloween David Gordon Green
Seven in Heaven Chris Eigeman
2019 Glass M. Night Shyamalan
Don't Let Go Jacob Aaron Estes Through OTL Releasing
Sweetheart J. D. Dillard
Happy Death Day 2U Christopher Landon
Us Jordan Peele
Ma Tate Taylor
Black Christmas Sophia Takal
2020 The Invisible Man Leigh Whannell
The Hunt Craig Zobel
2020 You Should Have Left David Koepp
Freaky Christopher Landon
2021 The Forever Purge Everardo Gout
Halloween Kills David Gordon Green
2022 Halloween Ends
The Black Phone Scott Derrickson
TBA This Is The Night James DeMonaco
The Wolf Man
Dracula

Paramount PicturesEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2007 Paranormal Activity Oren Peli
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 Tod Williams
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman
2012 Paranormal Activity 4
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Christopher Landon
2015 Area 51 Oren Peli
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension Gregory Plotkin
2021 Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin William Eubank Via Paramount+

Lionsgate FilmsEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2012 Sinister Scott Derrickson
The Bay Barry Levinson With Roadside Attractions
2014 Jessabelle Kevin Greutert
2019 The Gallows Act II Chris Lofing
Travis Cluff

NetflixEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2016 Hush Mike Flanagan
2018 Benji Brandon Camp

Amazon StudiosEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2018 The Lie Veena Sud
2020 Run Sweetheart Run Shana Feste
2021 The Manor Axelle Carolyn

Focus FeaturesEdit

Year Title Director Notes
2015 Insidious: Chapter 3 Leigh Whannell With Gramercy Pictures
Sinister 2 Ciarán Foy
2016 In a Valley of Violence Ti West
2018 BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee
TBA Vengeance B. J. Novak

OtherEdit

Year Title Director Distribution Notes
1995 Kicking and Screaming Noah Baumbach Trimark Pictures Associate producer
2003 Easy Six Chris Iovenko
2006 The Darwin Awards Finn Taylor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Icon Productions
Griffin & Phoenix Ed Stone Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
2008 The Accidental Husband Griffin Dunne Yari Film Group
2010 Tooth Fairy Michael Lembeck 20th Century Fox
Insidious James Wan FilmDistrict
2012 The Babymakers Jay Chandrasekhar Millennium Entertainment
The Lords of Salem Rob Zombie Anchor Bay Entertainment
2013 Dark Skies Scott Stewart Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company
Plush Catherine Hardwicke Millennium Entertainment
Insidious: Chapter 2 James Wan FilmDistrict
Best Night Ever Jason Friedberg
Aaron Seltzer
Magnolia Pictures
2014 Whiplash Damien Chazelle Sony Pictures Classics
2014 Creep Patrick Brice The Orchard
The Town That Dreaded Sundown Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Orion Pictures
2015 The Lazarus Effect David Gelb Relativity Media
The Gallows Chris Lofing
Travis Cluff
Warner Bros. Pictures
The Gift Joel Edgerton STX Entertainment
Martyrs Kevin Goetz
Michael Goetz
Anchor Bay Entertainment
2016 The Darkness Greg McLean BH Tilt
High Top Releasing
Lowriders Ricardo de Montreuil BH Tilt
Viral Henry Joost
Ariel Schulman
Dimension Films
RADiUS-TWC
Incarnate Brad Peyton BH Tilt
High Top Releasing
2017 Amityville: The Awakening Franck Khalfoun Dimension Films
RADiUS-TWC
Creep 2 Patrick Brice The Orchard
2018 Bloodline Henry Jacobson Momentum Pictures
2019 Adopt a Highway Logan Marshall-Green RLJE Films
Prey Franck Khalfoun Cinedigm Direct-to-video
2020 Fantasy Island Jeff Wadlow Sony Pictures Releasing
The Craft: Legacy Zoe Lister-Jones
2021 Groomed Gwen van de Pas Discovery+ Documentary
TBA Merrily We Roll Along Richard Linklater
White Smoke
Mother Nature Jamie Lee Curtis
Bev Kearney Story
Untitled John Logan film John Logan Peacock
Five Nights at Freddy's
Adrift Darren Aronofsky

Executive Producer

TelevisionEdit

Executive producer

Year Title Notes
2002 Hysterical Blindness TV movie
2004 The Fever
2012 The River 8 episodes
2013 Stranded 6 episodes
2014 The Normal Heart TV movie
Ascension Miniseries
2015 Eye Candy 10 episodes
The Jinx Miniseries
South of Hell 8 episodes
Hellevator 12 episodes
2015–2016 #15SecondScare 14 episodes
2016 Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? 3 episodes
12 Deadly Days 12 episodes
2017 Election Day: Lens Across America TV movie
Cold Case Files 10 episodes
2018 Run for Your Life TV pilot
Ghoul Miniseries
Sharp Objects Miniseries
Sacred Lies 20 episodes
Tremors TV pilot
2019 Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice 6 episodes
No One Saw a Thing 6 episodes
Liberty: Mother of Exiles TV movie
2018–present Into the Dark 22 episodes
2018–2019 The Purge 20 episodes
2020 Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections TV movie
Betaal 4 episodes
A Wilderness of Error 5 episodes
The Good Lord Bird Miniseries
TBA The Thing About Pam

Producer

Year Title Notes
2009 Washingtonienne TV pilot
2019 The Loudest Voice Miniseries

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
2021 41st Golden Raspberry Awards Worst Picture Fantasy Island Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Interview Jason Blum". Dorkshelf. February 20, 2013. Archived from the original on January 15, 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Oscar Nominations: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' & 'Birdman' Lead Way With 9 Noms; 'Imitation Game' Scores 8". Deadline. January 15, 2015. Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved April 17, 2020.
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  6. ^ "Blum, Shirley". Dictionary of Art Historians. Archived from the original on March 31, 2018. Retrieved March 30, 2018. the couple (Hopps), along with the artist Edward Kienholz founded the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles in 1957.
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