Jason Blum

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Jason Blum
Born Jason Ferus Blum
February 20, 1969
Los Angeles, California
Spouse(s) Lauren A.E. Schuker (m. 2012)

Jason Ferus Blum (born February 20, 1969)[1][2] is an Academy Award nominated[3] American film producer. Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions, made especially for producing horror films. He is nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Whiplash.

Life and career[edit]

Blum was born in Los Angeles, California,[4] the son of Shirley (Neilsen), an art professor, and Irving Blum, an independent art dealer.[5][6] His mother was previously married to museum director Walter Hopps.[7] Blum worked for Bob and Harvey Weinstein as Executive producer and later as independent producer for Warner Brothers.[1] He also was working as Producing director at Ethan Hawke's Malaparte Theater Company.[8] Blum is a graduate of Vassar College.

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 execs.[9] In 2000, he founded Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in producing micro-budget movies.[8] Some of the movies produced by Blum have been highly profitable.[8] The horror film Paranormal Activity was produced for $15,000 and earned nearly $200 million.[10]

Blum also produced Insidious (2010), Sinister (2012), and The Purge (2013), all of which became a potential franchise.

On July 14, 2012, Blum married journalist Lauren A.E. Schuker in Los Angeles, CA.[5]



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