Bob Harper (producer)

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Bob Harper
Robert Everett Harper

(1955-03-24) March 24, 1955 (age 63)
Washington, D.C.
Alma materCarnegie Mellon University
OccupationFilm producer

Bob Harper (born March 24, 1955) is an American film producer. In a Hollywood career spanning 30 years, he has marketed over 400 films including Titanic, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Planet of the Apes, X-Men, the Star Wars trilogy and Home Alone, and collaborated with some of the most influential directors of the past twenty-five years, including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, James Cameron and Tim Burton.


Robert Everett Harper was born and raised in Washington D.C. and has worked in the entertainment business for his whole career. He served as general manager at Kaleidoscope Films from 1980 to 1985, then joined 20th Century Fox in 1986 holding a range of executive positions. He began in the Fox trailer department and moved later to creative advertising, as well as production, serving as a vice president in each division before becoming president of domestic marketing in 1989.[1] He later served as a producer for Fox,[2] developing and producing the 1993 hit comedy Rookie of the Year. Returning to the Fox executive fold in 1995,[3] Harper became president of the worldwide marketing division until 1998, then served as vice chairman of 20th Century Fox and executive vice president of parent company, Fox Filmed Entertainment,[4] and later as vice chairman of Fox Filmed Entertainment where he had global strategic, creative and managerial responsibilities for the film company.[5]

In 2007, Harper was named chairman and chief executive officer of New Regency Productions (a Fox-based film and television production and distribution company) where he oversaw New Regency's film and television units until 2011.[6] He then served as executive producer on the Fox releases What's Your Number?, In Time and the Summit/Fox release The Darkest Hour. Harper is currently located at Fox and is an executive producer on the TV show Beat the Reaper based on the novel of the same name, which is in development at HBO in association with New Regency, as well as working as a producer on several films in varying stages of development.


Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1977, Carnegie Mellon University.

Community service and board memberships[edit]

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Southern California Chapter, Governance Committee
  • UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, Advisory board member
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, member since 1989, serving on Executive Branch Committee


  1. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, July 16, 1990 by Andrea King, "Harper May be Out at Fox Marketing."
  2. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, November 9, 1990 by John Voland, "Harper Exits Post at Fox for Production."
  3. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, December 21, 1994 by Stephen Galloway and Steve Brennan, "Harper named President of Fox Marketing."
  4. ^ Daily Variety, January 29, 1998 by Chris Petrikin, "Harper Wins World Title at Fox"
  5. ^ Daily Variety, December 16, 2004, "Fox Filmed Entertainment Raises Harper to vice-chair."
  6. ^ The Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2007 by Lorenza Munoz, "Fox's Harper to Head Regency."


Further reading[edit]

  • "Regency draws Harper", Variety
  • "HBO Lands Leonardo DiCaprio Project With New Regency Titled 'Beat The Reaper'",
  • "Shocker! New Regency Co-Chairmen Bob Harper And Hutch Parker To Exit",
  • "For Harper, trust equals stability", Variety
  • Daily Variety, July 16, 1990 by Claudia Eller, "Sherak Adds Duties, Harper Going Indie in Revamp of Marketing Distribution Wings"
  • The Wall Street Journal, November 9, 1990, "Fox, Bob Harper Resigned as President of Domestic Marketing."
  • Daily Variety, November 9, 1990, "Harper Confirms return to Production."
  • Daily Variety, December 21, 1994 by Beth Lasky "Harper Back in Saddle at Fox, Indy Producer returns to Former Post as Marketing Prexy."
  • Advertising Age Magazine, October 7, 1996 by Jeff Jensen and Chuck Ross, "Hey Sponsors: You Oughta Be in Pictures or TV," page 26.
  • Advertising Age Magazine, June 30, 1997 by Jeff Jensen, "The Marketing 100," page 33.
  • Advertising Age Magazine, October 5, 1998 by Jeff Jensen, "The Power 50," page 2
  • The Hollywood Reporter, January 29, 1998 by Wayne Friedman, "Harper will do the Marketing for more of Fox."
  • Advertising Age Magazine, March 23, 1998 by Jeff Jensen, "Ex-Producer Harper Takes Fox's Global Ad Challenge."
  • Daily Variety, November 15, 2000 by Charles Lyons, "Harper Ferried to Fox Posts, Fox Names Harper to Key Film Post."
  • The Hollywood Reporter, November 15, 2000 by Beth Lasky, "Harper Expands Territory at Fox."
  • The Hollywood Reporter, December 16, 2004 by Greg Kilday, "Fox Film Ups Harper to vice-chair."
  • Daily Variety, March 27, 2007 by Pamela McClintock, "Regency Reloads, Fox vice-chair Hops to Head Milchan Banner."
  • The Hollywood Reporter, March 27, 2007 "Harper Tops Bill at Regency."