Cary Granat

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Not to be confused with Cary Grant.

Cary Granat is a leader, innovator and pioneer in the entertainment industry with over 55 films and $5.8 billion in box office revenues and a track record for creating new business models in 3D cinema, global film production and education.

He is best known for co-founding and serving as CEO for Walden Media from 2000 to 2009[1] and acting as President and COO of Miramax FilmsDimension Division from 1995 to 2000.[2] While at Walden Media, Granat secured the rights to C.S. LewisChronicles of Narnia series and oversaw production on the successful first film of the franchise, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Granat’s other films include Scream, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Scary Movie, Amazing Grace, and Spy Kids.[3]

Career[edit]

Cary Granat worked at MCA/Universal first as Director of Development from 1992 to 1995.[4] He worked on films such as Babe and Casino, as well as acquired the original Meet the Parents, a Gregg Glienna film, for remake.[5] While working in the film group under Hal Lieberman and Casey Silver, Granat also found himself evaluating corporate deals for the company. While this was outside his job purview, it built a mentor relationship for Granat with company chairman Tom Pollock.

After Universal, Granat joined Dimension Films as Head of Creative and then later as President and COO from 1995 to 2000.[6] Granat worked closely with and for Bob Weinstein to build Dimension into one of the most recognizable brands in the entertainment business, managing a roster that became distinguished for both its trend-setting content and international box-office success.[7][8] This includes the blockbuster Scream franchise, the Wayans' Scary Movie franchise and Dimension’s launch of Robert Rodriguez’s highly successful Spy Kids franchise.[9][10] During this time Dimension re-established the studio system of the 30’s and 40’s, building an exclusive family of artists including Guillermo del Toro, Robert Rodriguez, Wes Craven, Kevin Williamson, Ehren Kruger, and Ben Affleck. In addition to films, Dimension capitalized on the synergy between music and film, establishing the alliance of Sony and Capitol/EMI in the formation of Miramax/Dimension Records.[11] The Dimension Executive team of the 1990’s was a highly collaborative group of executives who all fought for the success of the projects; such as Andrew Rona, Andrew Gumpert, Michael Helfant, Richard Potter, Randy Spendlove, Brian Burkin, and Josh Greenstein.

In 2000, Granat co-founded Walden Media, a multi-billion dollar trusted family brand in film, 3D innovation, publishing, education, theater, and live entertainment.[12] He served as CEO from 2000 to 2009.[13] As CEO, Granat gained the rights to C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series and oversaw production on the first film of the franchise, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe—one of the highest-grossing films of 2005.[14] The Narnia franchise has generated over $1.62 billion in theatrical gross on its first three installments. In addition to the Chronicles of Narnia, Granat produced the Journey to the Center of the Earth franchise, Charlotte’s Web, James Cameron’s Aliens of the Deep, Ghosts of the Abyss, Bridge to Terabithia, Holes, and over 50 other children’s films and books.[15] Granat built out Walden’s film, educational, and faith activities locally in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, France, Germany, Japan, and other foreign markets. In addition to his duties as CEO, Granat was appointed in April 2004 as President of Anschutz Film Group, whereby the company acquired Crusader Entertainment and supervised the completion of the award winning biography Ray and the Matthew McConaughey film, Sahara.[16] After Granat and team produced Amazing Grace, he and company co-founder Michael Flaherty earned the prestigious John Templeton Foundation Epiphany Prize.[17]

From 2010 to 2014, Granat was a Partner at Reel FX/Granat Ent. The artist-driven production and development company, Granat Entertainment, merged with animation studio Reel FX in order to create a new live-action/animation studio.[18][19] The company forged partnerships with Andrew Adamson, Guillermo Del Toro, James Cameron, Cirque du Soleil, Fox Film, Steve Aioki and others while producing Free Birds, The Book of Life, World Away, The Hive, and other projects.[20]

In 2012, Granat co-founded and launched Immersive Artistry, an innovative Location Based Entertainment business that combines cutting edge technologies with enveloping mythologies that allow you to explore worlds such as Ocean Exploration, The North Pole, and Kind Heaven.[21] The company is a participatory experience considered the newest evolution in media placing you inside the movie, rather than watching it. The company will be launching its first locations in Las Vegas, China, and throughout the world in 2017. Granat serves as the company CEO.

In 2014, Granat founded EMH Consulting Group, Inc., a Consultancy and Film Operations group that represent Foreign Governments in their effort to build and/or rebuild their film and television operations into sustainable industries. Granat and his team have taken their history of producing films in over 40 countries, which have grossed north of $5.8 billion in theatrical revenues, and brought those skill sets to New Zealand, Romania, Montenegro, Latvia, and Kazakhstan.

Awards[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Film Year Studio Revenue
Pure Country 1992 Jerry Weintraub Productions $15,164,458
Babe 1995 Universal $254,134,910
Casino 1995 Universal $116,112,375
From Dusk Till Dawn 1996 Dimension $25,836,616
Hellraiser: Bloodline 1996 Dimension $9,336,886
The Crow: City of Angels 1996 Dimension $17,917,287
Scream 1996 Dimension $173,046,663
Mimic 1997 Dimension $25,480,490
Scream 2 1997 Dimension $172,363,301
Good Will Hunting 1997 Miramax $225,933,435
Air Bud 1997 Dimension $23,144,499
Phantoms 1998 Dimension $5,624,282
Senseless 1998 Dimension $12,874,899
Nightwatch 1998 Dimension $1,179,002
Halloween: H2O 1998 Dimension $55,041,738
The Faculty 1998 Dimension $40,283,321
Heaven 1999 Dimension $784,399
Teaching Mrs. Tingle 1999 Dimension $8,951,935
Scream 3 2000 Dimension $161,834,276
Reindeer Games 2000 Dimension $32,168,970
Scary Movie 2000 Dimension $278,019,771
Highlander: Endgame 2000 Dimension $15,843,608
Lord of the Rings (development through pre-production only) 2001 New Line $871,530,324
The Others 2001 Dimension $209,947,037
Spy Kids 2001 Dimension $147,934,180
Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey 2002 Walden $10,086,514
I Am David 2002 Walden $292,376
Ghosts of the Abyss 2003 Walden $22,141,539
Holes 2003 Walden $71,406,573
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 Walden $72,178,895
Aliens of the Deep 2005 Walden $12,770,637
Because of Winn-Dixie 2005 Walden $33,589,427
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe 2005 Walden $745,013,115
Hoot 2006 Walden $8,224,998
How to Eat Fried Worms 2006 Walden $13,096,314
Charlotte’s Web 2006 Walden $144,877,632
Bridge to Terabithia 2007 Walden $137,587,063
Amazing Grace 2006 Walden $32,120,360
The Seeker 2007 Walden $31,400,740
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium 2007 Walden $69,474,661
The Water Horse 2007 Walden $103,071,443
Nim’s Island 2008 Walden $100,076,342
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 Walden $419,665,568
Journey to the Center of the Earth 2008 Walden $241,995,151
This Is It 2009 Sony $261,183,588
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader 2009 Fox $415,686,217
Free Birds 2013 Relativity $110,387,072
The Book of Life 2014 Fox $99,783,556
The Hive 2015 - -

Activism[edit]

  • Granat is a Board Member of the World Information Transfer of the United Nations and organizes an annual conference on Children’s Health and the Environment every December.[25]
  • In 2004, Granat co-founded The Forgotten Dog Foundation, a dog rescue foundation specializing in emergency medical needs.[26]

Education[edit]

  • Granat went to Tufts University from 1986-1990. In addition to attending, Granat helped to establish the Communications and Media Studies School and serves on its Board.[27]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ "'Narnia' and '7th Heaven' win Epiphany Prizes". Christian Retailing. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  18. ^ "Granat, Reel FX form Bedrock Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  19. ^ "CREATIVE FORCES CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, JAMES CAMERON, AND ANDREW ADAMSON, IN ASSOCIATION WITH REEL FX ENTERTAINMENT, FORM PARTNERSHIP TO PRODUCE CIRQUE-INSPIRED, IMMERSIVE 3D EXPERIENCES". Cirque du Soleil. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
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  26. ^ "Board of Directors | The Forgotten Dog Foundation". www.theforgottendog.org. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
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