Sometimes actors are more famous than producers as audiences are always seeing actors. While a producer’s role in a film can vary depending on the type of film, there is no doubt their role is vital. A producer can be independent or employed by a production company. Either way, they have tremendous responsibility. Script selection, writing management, directing, financing and editing are all part of a producer’s job.

They also must also have the vision to know what will engage an audience and make money. A producer ultimately decides what scenes to cut and what scenes to keep, as well as deciding music placement. Producers also manage distribution rights or are responsible for selling films. It’s a detailed job that requires great skill and ability. The following producers have proven their talents time and time again.

Jason Blum

Jason Blum

Founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, Jason Blum has produced over seventy films. Some of his most popular works include five Paranormal Activity movies, Insidious, The Lords of Salem, The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy, Oculus, Amityville: The Awakening and a remake of Amityville Horror.

He has a way with horror that both fans and critics appreciate and new films are currently in production. In addition to film, Jason also produces television shows.

Jerry Bruckheimer

Jerry Bruckheimer

Jerry Bruckheimer is a well-known film and television producer. He tends to stick with action, drama and sci-fi related scripts. Popular TV shows he’s produced include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: New York, CSI: Miami and Cold Case.

He’s credited with having three television shows in the top 10 U.S. ratings at once which is quite incredible. His film work includes Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Top Gun, The Rock, Armageddon and Black Hawk Down.

He was once named the most powerful person in Hollywood by Entertainment Weekly and has won six Academy Awards, five Grammys and four Golden Globes.

Dana Brunetti

Dana Brunetti

Dana Brunetti is a social network entrepreneur, a producer and president of Trigger Street Productions. He co-produced a film titled Beyond the Sea which was his first feature film.

He went on to produce Mini’s First Time, The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang and Bernard and Doris. He also produced the comedy Fan Boys due to his love of Star Wars. 

He also has a series on Netflix called House of Cards. Other works include The Social Network and Fifty Shades of Grey.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Lorenzo di Bonaventura

Best known for his work producing The Transformer series, Lorenzo is the founder of his own production company, di Bonaventura Pictures.

His career began at Warner Bros. as an executive. He was responsible for setting in motion the production of The Matrix and obtaining the rights to the Harry Potter books. He’s produced twenty-five films and is currently producing a TV series called The Real O’Neals.

Megan Ellison

Megan Ellison

Megan is the founder of Annapuma Pictures. She’s was named by Time magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” While her first film endeavors weren’t largely successful, she did find success when she backed the remake of True Grit.

Her production company has released The Master, Zero Dark Thirty and she’s obtained rights to the Terminator franchise by outbidding Lion’s Gate. She is the fourth person and first woman to be nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Picture in a single year.

Kevin Feige

Kevin Feige

President of Marvel Studios and producer, Kevin Feige is responsible for $10 billion in box office profits. He was asked to be the associate producer of the first X-Men film due to his knowledge of the Marvel Universe.

Afterwards, he went on to produce Hulk, The Punisher, Spiderman 2, Iron Man, Thor and The Avengers to name but a few. He’s also produced two television shows and four short films.

David Heyman

David Heyman

David Heyman is the founder of Heyday films. Both of his parents were film producers so it’s no wonder David followed suit. He began his career as a production assistant on the film A Passage to India. He went on to become the creative director of Warner Bros. followed by VP of United Artists and then embarked on his own production endeavors.

He’s produced several of the Harry Potter movies and the film Gravity which starred Sandra Bulloch and was nominated for ten Academy Awards. Other works include I Am Legend, We’re the Millers and Paddington.

Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese

With a career that spans decades, Martin Scorsese is one of the most well-known and well-respected producers in history. He’s a director, producer, actor, screenwriter and film historian. While his films are typically violent and he’s no stranger to the use of profanity, there is no denying his fans and most critics love his work.

His filmography includes Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Taxi Driver, The Color of Money, Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Gangs of New York and The Wolf of Wall Street. Scorsese has won numerous Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and British Academy Film Awards.

Charles Roven

Charles Roven

Charles Roven’s list of films reads like one the best producing resumes’ in history. He’s behind such films as Heart Like a Wheel, Cadillac Man, 12 Monkeys, Roller Ball, Scooby Doo, Batman Begins and Get Smart.

His most recent blockbuster hits include Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. He is the winner of three Best Movie of the Year Awards.

Brian Grazer

Brian Grazer

Along with Ron Howard, Brian Grazer created the company Imagine Entertainment. Together, they’ve brought in over $13 billion in box office profits. Grazer himself has earned Academy Award nominations for Splash, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon.

He has in total been nominated for 131 Emmys and 43 Academy Awards for both his film and television work. He, along with Ron Howard, did win for the film A Beautiful Mind and Oscar for Best Picture. 

Brian has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his career covers more than a quarter of a century.

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