Richard Arlook

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Richard Arlook is an American talent manager, film producer and the President of The Arlook Group, a talent and literary management, production, and consulting company based in Beverly Hills, California. Prior to founding The Arlook Group in 2008, he was a senior partner and the Head of Motion Picture Lit. at The Gersh Agency.[1]


Arlook was born in New York City and grew up in Puerto Rico. After graduating from Emerson College in 1983, his first job was as the contestant coordinator of Barry & Enright’s Tic Tac Dough. His first job in the film business was in international film sales and development at Goldfarb Distributors. This led to him becoming Scott Rudin’s executive assistant when Scott became President of Production at Twentieth Century Fox (1985).

The following year, Richard founded High Bar Pictures, and in 1989, at the age of 26, he produced his first feature film After Midnight for MGM. While a low budget anthology thriller, the film is most notable for its camera department, which was led by Academy Award nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska). Serving as key grip was 2 time Academy Award winner Janusz Kamiński (Schindler’s List & Saving Private Ryan), while Academy Award winner and noted director Wally Pfister served as the gaffer (Inception). Mauro Fiore, who served as best boy, is noted for winning an Academy Award for his work on Avatar. [2] In 1990, he joined The Gersh Agency where he eventually became a partner and the Head of the Motion Picture Literary Department.

Since forming The Arlook Group in 2008, Richard has grown the company into a full service personal management, production & entertainment consulting firm. The company represents top tier filmmakers working in feature film and television, as well as numerous well-known working actors.

On the production side of his business, Richard is currently in post-production on I Smile Back, which stars Sarah Silverman in her first leading dramatic role. [3] Richard also produced Goats, which premiered as an Official Selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and starred Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, Emmy Award winner Ty Burrell, and 4-time Emmy nominee David Duchovny. [4] Arlook also executive produced Waiting For Forever which starred Rachel Bilson, Richard Jenkins & Blythe Danner. [5] Richard has also produced two documentaries of note. The Kevin Bacon hosted Turn It Up is a unique look at the history of the electric guitar and a unique perspective on people’s passion for the instrument. The film features such legends as Slash, BB King, Paul Stanley, as well as one of the final interviews given by Les Paul before his death in 2009. [6] Arlook also produced his client Tracey Jackson’s 2009 film Lucky Ducks, which sets out to answer the question of why today’s privileged teens are the most unhappy and dysfunctional demographic in America. [7]

The Arlook Group is currently developing a wide slate of motion picture and television projects, including Young Il Kim’s Hillary Clinton biopic Rodham, which James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) will direct at Lionsgate Films. [8]