Jason Blum

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Jason Blum
Jason Blum April 2015.jpg
Blum at WonderCon, April 2015
Born Jason Ferus Blum
(1969-02-20) February 20, 1969 (age 46)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation
  • Film producer
  • TV producer
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Lauren A.E. Schuker (m. 2012)

Jason Ferus Blum (born February 20, 1969)[1][2] is an American film producer. Blum is the founder and CEO of Blumhouse Productions. He won the 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for producing The Normal Heart, and was nominated for the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Whiplash.[3] He is also being declared the Samuel Z. Arkoff of the 21st Century due to his filmography on a lot of hit horror movies.

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 Bros.[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 executives.[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), Creep (2014), all of which became potential franchises.[11] In 2014, he served as an executive producer on the television film The Normal Heart, which went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie, and the drama film Whiplash, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[3]

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

Filmography[edit]

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