Dan Halsted is an American film producer and manager.
He was born in New York on July 12, 1962, and he moved to Beverly Hills, California in 1976. He graduated from the UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. His Hollywood career started in 1984 as an assistant to Scott Rudin at 20th Century Fox before later becoming an agent at United Talent Agency (formerly Bauer Benedek Agency).
While at 20th Century Fox, and UTA, Halsted packaged and sold films such as: There's Something About Mary, New Jack City, The Fabulous Baker Boys, K-9, RoboCop, Casualties of War, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Alien, Predator and, The Untouchables.
Halsted left the representation business in 1990 to work at Hollywood Pictures, a division of The Walt Disney Company. While there he oversaw projects such as: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,Tombstone, Evita, Mr. Holland's Opus, Encino Man, Son in Law, The Joy Luck Club and, While You Were Sleeping.
Halsted partnered with filmmaker Oliver Stone in 1995 to create Illusion Entertainment, a joint production company. Together, they produced films such as: Nixon, U Turn, The Art of War, The Corruptor, Beyond Borders, Freeway, Any Given Sunday and, the documentary The Last Days of Kennedy and King for TBS.
In 1999, Halsted ventured out on his own with Halsted Pictures, a multi-year, first-look production deal with Mandalay Pictures. That same year he produced The Virgin Suicides and the action film S.W.A.T. Halsted also executive produced both the TNT television pilot and series Witchblade, and the movie Serving Sara during that time.
One of Halsted's final projects as a full-time producer was the award-winning Garden State. Halsted helped find buyers for the film, which started as a relatively unknown independent and eventually sold for $5 million to Miramax Films and Fox Searchlight Pictures at Sundance 2004.
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Management television clients in the past and, current writers and producers of such shows as: MAD MEN, BREAKING BAD, ROYAL PAINS, THE SOPRANOS, U.S. OF TARA, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, RESCUE ME, and, SHAMELESS. Manage-ment represents many established and celebrated writers and directors of such films as: the upcoming THE KILLER ELITE, starring Robert De Niro, Clive Owen and Jason Statham, SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, UNFAITHFUL, TWILIGHT, BLUE VALENTINE, GREEN LANTERN, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, WALL STREET, NOTORIOUS, BEE MOVIE, EAGLE VS SHARK, 9 1/2 WEEKS, WHAT LIES BENEATH, GLORY ROAD, W., GAS LAND and ORDINARY PEOPLE. Currently, Manage-ment is producing the television shows OVER/UNDER with USA Network, starring Steven Pasquale, Caroline Dhavernas and Anthony Carrigan; THE ENCLAVE, from the co-executive producers of MAD MEN, with Fox TV Studios and USA; and THE AMERICANS premiering on FX the Fall of 2012, created by Joseph Weisberg, and starring Noah Emmerich, Matthew Rhys, Keri Russell and Holly Taylor. Manage-ment is actively developing several films, including DOWN at Relativity and, F***ING ENGAGED starring Jessica Biel.
Halsted and Manage-ment also provide equity consulting and investment banking services to financiers, with services provided on such films as Michael Clayton, The Namesake, Garden State, the 2010 Best Documentary Emmy nominee Crips and Bloods: Made in America and, Samsara, the sequel to Baraka.
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