Dan Halsted

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Dan Halsted
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 53)
New York City, New York
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Film producer

Dan Halsted is an American film producer and talent manager, best known for producing such films as Garden State, Any Given Sunday and The Virgin Suicides.

Early life[edit]

Daniel Halsted was born in New York on July 12, 1962, and he moved to Beverly Hills, California in 1976. He graduated from the UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. His Hollywood career started in 1984 as an assistant to Scott Rudin at 20th Century Fox before later becoming an agent at United Talent Agency (formerly Bauer Benedek Agency).[1][2]



While at 20th Century Fox and UTA, Halsted packaged and sold films such as: There's Something About Mary, New Jack City, The Fabulous Baker Boys, K-9, RoboCop, Casualties of War, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Alien, Predator, and The Untouchables.[3][4]

Hollywood Pictures[edit]

Halsted left the representation business in 1990 to work at Hollywood Pictures, a division of The Walt Disney Company. While there he oversaw projects such as: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,[2]Tombstone, Evita, Mr. Holland's Opus, Encino Man, Son in Law, The Joy Luck Club, and While You Were Sleeping.

Illusion Entertainment[edit]

Halsted partnered with filmmaker Oliver Stone in 1995 to create Illusion Entertainment, a joint production company.[5] Together, they produced films such as: Nixon, U Turn, The Art of War, The Corruptor, Beyond Borders, Freeway, Any Given Sunday, and the documentary The Last Days of Kennedy and King for TBS.

Halsted Pictures[edit]

In 1999, Halsted ventured out on his own with Halsted Pictures[6] a multi-year, first-look production deal with Mandalay Pictures.[5] That same year he produced The Virgin Suicides and the action film S.W.A.T. Halsted also executive produced both the TNT television pilot[6] and series Witchblade, and the movie Serving Sara during that time.

One of Halsted's final projects as a full-time producer was the award-winning Garden State.[2] Halsted helped find buyers for the film, which started as a relatively unknown independent and eventually sold for $5 million to Miramax Films and Fox Searchlight Pictures at Sundance 2004.[7][8]


In 2004, Halsted formed his own company Manage-ment[2] representing various film, and television writers[9] and directors.

Manage-ment television clients in the past, along with current writers and producers have created such shows as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Sopranos, whereas in film, Manage-ment represents writers and directors of such movies as The Amazing Spiderman, Twilight, and Friday Night Lights.[citation needed]

Halsted and Manage-ment also provide equity consulting and investment banking services to financiers, with services provided on such films as Michael Clayton, The Namesake, Garden State, the 2010 Best Documentary Emmy nominee Crips and Bloods: Made in America,[10] and Samsara, the sequel to Baraka.

At the end of 2013, Halsted signed a first-look, two-year producing deal with Fox Television Studios.[2]


  1. ^ "H'w'd Pix ups Halsted". Variety. February 19, 1993. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Rose, Lacey (November 29, 2011). "Producer Dan Halsted Inks First-Look Development Deal With Fox TV Studios". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ Christensen, Mark (June 1988). "Fine Young Canibals". American Film. 
  4. ^ Stadiem, William (August 1989). "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Agent". Interview. 
  5. ^ a b Hindes, Andrew; Petrikin, Chris (May 18, 1999). "Halsted homestead: Producer inks 1st-look deal with Mandalay". Variety. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b Bernstein, Paula (February 9, 2000). "'Witchblade' swings without Stone at TNT". Variety. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ Gallagher, Steve (January 19, 2004). "Sundance Acquisitions". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  8. ^ Harris, Dana; Dunkley, Cathy (January 18, 2004). "Co-hosted 'Garden' party tops 'Dance deal blizzard: M'max, Fox joint procurement sets tone for active fest". Variety. Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  9. ^ Miller, Daniel (February 17, 2011). "Manage-ment Nabs 'In Plain Sight' Creator, 'Damages' Writer". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Nominees for the 31st Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Announced by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences" (PDF). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. July 15, 2010. 

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