John Davis (producer)

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John Davis
Born John Andrew Davis
(1954-07-20) July 20, 1954 (age 60)
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
Nationality United States
Other names John A. Davis
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Occupation Film producer
Known for Founder of Davis Entertainment
Parents Marvin Davis
Barbara Davis

John Andrew Davis (born July 20, 1954) is an American film producer and founder of Davis Entertainment.

Background[edit]

Davis was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, the son of Barbara Levine Davis, a philanthropist, and former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis (1925–2004).[1] He has four siblings: Patricia Davis Raynes, Nancy Davis Rickel, Gregg Davis, and Dana Davis. His interest in cinema began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood film theater, where he sold popcorn and subsequently viewed up to 300 films a year. Davis graduated from Bowdoin College, attended Amherst College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Career[edit]

John Davis, Chairman of Los Angeles-based Davis Entertainment, has been a producer on more than 90 feature films and movies for television that have earned more than $4.8 billion world wide.[2]

Davis Entertainment produces projects for all studios and mini-majors, though the company has had a first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox since 1994. Davis's arrangement with Fox is among the two longest-standing of any active producer at any studio.

Upcoming Davis Entertainment films include a re-imagining of Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy for Fox,[3] and a big screen version of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer for Warner Bros. [4]

Some of Davis's many feature film productions include the $100 million-plus micro-budgeted Chronicle; the sci-fi thriller I, Robot, starring Will Smith; the Jim Carrey starrer Mr. Popper's Penguins; Norbit, the comedy starring Eddie Murphy for DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures; the blockbuster The Firm, starring Tom Cruise; the two Dr. Dolittle films, starring Eddie Murphy; the Jack Black adventure comedy Gulliver's Travels; Courage Under Fire, starring Denzel Washington; the Garfield franchise series for Fox; Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner; the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care; Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau trilogy Out to Sea, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men; Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman; Predator 2, John Woo's Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, for Paramount Pictures; and Alien vs. Predator, an action thriller combining the two iconic cinematic aliens, among many others.

For television, Davis Entertainment developed and executive produced the NBC hour long drama The Blacklist, a Sony Television production.[5]

Davis recently extended Davis Entertainment into Broadway and formed a joint venture with 20th Century Fox, Broadway producer Kevin McCollum and industry executive Tom McGrath to develop live stage production based on Fox's previous films.[6]

Other projects[edit]

Davis is also engaged in non-entertainment business ventures, including owning, operating, and starting various television stations since the 1980s, one of which still runs in Wisconsin, and Blaze Pizza, a Fast casual restaurant franchise. His partners for Blaze Pizza include Elise and Rick Wetzel (founder of Wetzel's Pretzels), Maria Shriver, professional basketball player LeBron James, and Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner. In 2007, Davis and a group of investors sold their ownership stakes in Wetzel's Pretzels, which Davis helped grow.

Filmography[edit]

All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.

Year Film Notes
1987 Predator
Three O'Clock High Co-producer
1988 License to Drive
1989 Little Monsters As John A. Davis
1990 The Last of the Finest
Dangerous Passion (TV) (executive producer)
Curiosity Kills (TV) (executive producer)
Predator 2
Silhouette (TV) (executive producer)
1991 Shattered
1992 Storyville (executive producer)
1993 Fortress
Voyage (TV)
The Firm
The Thing Called Love
Grumpy Old Men
1994 Gunmen
This Can't Be Love (TV) (executive producer)
The Last Outlaw (TV)
One Christmas (TV)
Richie Rich
1995 The Hunted
Denise Calls Up (executive producer)
Waterworld
The Grass Harp
Kidnapped (TV)
Grumpier Old Men
1996 Courage Under Fire
The Chamber
Daylight
1997 Asteroid (TV) (executive producer)
Volcano: Fire on the Mountain (TV) (executive producer)
Out to Sea
Lewis and Clark and George (executive producer)
Bad Manners (executive producer)
1998 Digging to China
Miracle at Midnight (TV) (executive producer)
Dr. Dolittle
1999 The Settlement (executive producer)
The Jesse Ventura Story (TV) (executive producer)
Dudley Do-Right
Rites of Passage (executive producer)
2000 Labor Pains (co-producer)
Little Richard (TV) (executive producer)
2001 Heartbreakers
Dr. Dolittle 2
Behind Enemy Lines
2002 Life or Something Like It
Bobbie's Girl (TV) (executive producer)
Palms (executive producer)
2003 Happy Hour (executive producer)
Daddy Day Care
Devil's Pond
Paycheck
2004 Garfield
I, Robot
Alien vs. Predator
First Daughter
Fat Albert
Flight of the Phoenix
2005 At Last (executive producer)
Nadine in Date Land (TV) (executive producer)
Life Is Ruff (TV) (executive producer)
2006 Eragon
Dr. Dolittle 3
When a Stranger Calls
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
2007 Norbit
The Heartbreak Kid
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
2008 The Express
Daddy Day Camp
2009 Garfield's Pet Force Direct-to-video
2010 Predators
Marmaduke
Gulliver's Travels
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins
2012 Chronicle
2013- The Blacklist (TV) executive producer
2013 Ironside (TV) executive producer
2014 Devil's Due
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Victor Frankenstein Post-production

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