Mark Canton (born June 19, 1949) is an American film producer and executive.

Mark Canton
Mark Canton WonderCon 2011.jpg
Canton at the 2011 WonderCon
Born (1949-06-19) June 19, 1949 (age 70)
Alma materUniversity of California
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1974–present
Home townLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Wendy Finerman (divorced)
Children3
FamilyNeil Canton (brother)

Life and early careerEdit

Canton was born to a Jewish family[1] in Queens, New York, the son of Shirley and Arthur Canton, who worked in the film industry on marketing and publicity - including such films as Lawrence of Arabia. As a young adult, he met well known movie personalities like Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, and Doris Day when they visited the family's apartment.[2] After working in the mail room of Warner Bros. while studying at the University of California, Los Angeles,[3] Canton started working for 20th Century Fox and later had jobs with film director Franklin Schaffner, with producer Jon Peters, and in the 1970s as executive assistant to Mike Medavoy at United Artists,[2] before working as executive vice president at Warner Bros. from 1980 onwards. Successes he was involved in at the time include 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, Purple Rain, and the Batman and Lethal Weapon film series,[4] but also notorious box office failures like The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990),[5] a picture he described as "the best movie I ever saw" at its first screening.[6]

CareerEdit

In 1991, Canton quit Warner Bros. where he was executive vice president of the Worldwide Motion Picture Production unit.[7] Warner Bros. let him out of his contract fifteen months early with studio head Bob Daly saying "from our standpoint this was a job that was going to be eliminated."[8] He then became chairman of Sony's Columbia Pictures (later Columbia-TriStar Pictures), where he was involved with some failures like Geronimo: An American Legend, but also with blockbusters such as Men in Black, Air Force One, and My Best Friend's Wedding.[4]

 
Canton in March 2010

Canton was fired by Sony in 1996, after a series of relative flops including Last Action Hero (a film Canton described as "probably the best action movie of all time"[9]) and The Cable Guy, before his final string of movies could become blockbusters.[10] Described at the time as both "known for enthusiasm, rapid-fire talk, a sleek Italian wardrobe and a youthful style"[3] and "a braggart who was lucky to have become chairman of a studio in the first place",[11] Canton was in those years "one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood".[2]

In 1998, Canton became an independent film producer, with Jack Frost starring Michael Keaton as his first major production.[12] Backed by the German company Senator Entertainment from August 2000 onwards, he struck a first-look deal with Warner Bros. By the end of 2001, the shares of Senator had dropped substantially and Canton had to close down his production company.[13]

In 2002, he was the chief executive of Artists Production Group, the movie branch of Artist Management Group.[4] After leaving APG in November 2003, he created Atmosphere Entertainment together with Mark Kimsey, an investment manager. The aims were to produce films and television programming.[14] With this company, he produced blockbusters such as 300, Immortals, and The Spiderwick Chronicles. In his roles as executive, chairman, and producer, Canton has been involved in over 300 major Hollywood productions.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Canton was married to Oscar-winning producer Wendy Finerman, with whom he has three children.[2] His brother is the film producer Neil Canton.[2] They co-produced the 2000 film Get Carter.

Filmography as ProducerEdit

All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.

FilmEdit

Year Film Box Office Award Notes
1980 Die Laughing $4 million[16]
1998 Jack Frost $34.6 million[17]
2000 Get Carter $19.4 million[18]
Red Planet $33.5 million[19]
2001 Angel Eyes $29.7 million[20]
2002 Trapped $13.4 million[21] Executive producer
2004 Taking Lives $65.5 million[22]
Godsend $30.1 million[23] Executive producer
2005 Land of the Dead $47.8 million[24] Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Horror Film
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Horror
Nominated - Fangoria - Best Wide Release Film
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie
2006 300 $456.1 million[25] Saturn Award for Best Action or Adventure Film
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Movie
Nominated - MTV Russia Movie Award for Best International Movie
Nominated - National Movie Award for Best Action/Adventure
Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Action
2007 Full of It $500.000[26]
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles $162.8 million[27] Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
2009 A Perfect Getaway $22.9 million[28]
Fame $80.2 million[29]
2010 Letters to Juliet $82.1 million[30] Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Romance
Piranha 3D $83.7 million[31] Nominated - Dorian Award for Campy Film of the Year
Nominated - Scream Award for Best Horror Movie
Removal Executive producer
2011 Immortals $226.9 million[32] Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
2012 Rites of Passage
The Cold Light of Day $25.4 million[33] Executive producer
Black November $35.000[34] Executive producer
Piranha 3DD $8.5 million[35] Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Horror
Freelancers $370.000[36] Executive producer
2013 Escape Plan $137.3 million[37]
2014 300: Rise of an Empire $337.6 million[38]
Cake $2.9 million[39]
Outcast $4.8 million[40] Executive producer
The Pyramid $16.9 million[41]
2015 The Last Witch Hunter $140.4 million[42]
2016 Mr. Church
Burn Your Maps
The Comedian
2017 The Yellow Birds
Phoenix Forgotten
2018 Den of Thieves
Escape Plan 2: Hades
Nightmare Cinema
Final Score Executive producer
2019 Escape Plan: The Extractors
TBA
A.D.
Black Belle
Robot: Colony 25
Production manager
Year Film Box Office Notes
1980 Caddyshack $39.8 million[43] Executive in charge of production
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Notes
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Production aide
Thanks
Year Film Notes
2000 Preston Tylk Thanks
2013 Getaway Special thanks

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Award Notes
1999−2001 Jack & Jill Executive producer
2014–20 Power Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series Executive producer
TBA The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers Executive producer

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brady, Celia (April 1990). "Vain Man: Why Guber-Peters May Bomb in Tokyo". Spy Magazine. p. 42. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Weinraub, Bernard (February 8, 1994). "Film Boss Rules the Stars With His Awe". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Weinraub, Bernard (October 4, 1991). "From Errand Boy to Studio Chief". New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c Lyman, Rick (February 20, 2002). "It's a Rare Scene: Movie Executive With 9 Lives; From Warner Brothers to Columbia, and, Now, Paired With Ovitz". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  5. ^ Andersen, Kurt (July 5, 1993). "How To Run a Movie Studio". Time. Retrieved November 11, 2008.
  6. ^ Griffin, Nancy; Masters, Kim (1996). Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood. Simon & Schuster. p. 367.
  7. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (September 6, 1991). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Vice President Is Leaving Warner Brothers". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  8. ^ Griffin & Masters. p. 318
  9. ^ Griffin & Masters. p. 368
  10. ^ Busch, Anita M. (July 10, 1997). "Canton's Sony Roundabout". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  11. ^ Masters, Kim (September 23, 1996). "Water Torture". Time. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  12. ^ "Inside Moves". Variety. March 17, 1998. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  13. ^ Harris, Dana; Dunkley, Cathy (October 21, 2001). "Canton fires staff, Senator backing out". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  14. ^ "Mark Canton Forms Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC". BusinessWire. December 10, 2003. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  15. ^ Mitchell, Peter (August 5, 2005). "Simon the Star". The Age. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  16. ^ "Die Laughing (1980) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  17. ^ "Jack Frost (1998) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  18. ^ "Get Carter (2000) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  19. ^ "Red Planet (2000)". Box Office Mojo. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  20. ^ "Angel Eyes (2001)". Box Office Mojo. 2002-08-28. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  21. ^ "Trapped (2002)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  22. ^ "Taking Lives (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  23. ^ "Godsend (2004)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  24. ^ "George A. Romero's Land of the Dead (2005) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  25. ^ "300 (2007)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  26. ^ "Full of It (2007)". Box Office Mojo. 2007-03-08. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  27. ^ "The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)". Box Office Mojo. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  28. ^ "A Perfect Getaway (2009)". Box Office Mojo. 2009-09-17. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  29. ^ "Fame (2009) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  30. ^ "Letters to Juliet (2010) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  31. ^ "Piranha 3D (2010) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  32. ^ "Immortals (2011)". Box Office Mojo. 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  33. ^ "The Cold Light of Day (2012) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  34. ^ "Black November (2015) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  35. ^ "Piranha 3DD (2012)". Box Office Mojo. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  36. ^ "Freelancers (2012) - Financial Information". The-numbers.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  37. ^ "Escape Plan (2013)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  38. ^ "300: Rise of An Empire (2014)". Box Office Mojo. 2014-05-29. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  39. ^ "Cake (2015)". Box Office Mojo. 2015-02-19. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  40. ^ "Outcast (2014)". Boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  41. ^ "The Pyramid (2014)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  42. ^ "The Last Witch Hunter (2015)". Box Office Mojo. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  43. ^ "Caddyshack (1980)". Box Office Mojo. 1982-01-01. Retrieved 2018-02-01.

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