Dan Halsted

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Dan Halsted
Born (1962-07-12) July 12, 1962 (age 56)
Alma materUCLA
OccupationFilm 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 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]


Year Film Position
2016 The Rendezvous Producer
People of Earth Executive Producer
2015 Bleeding Heart Executive Producer
Stockholm, Pennsylvania Producer
Eye Candy Consulting Producer
2014 Learning to Drive Executive Producer
2013 Over/Under Executive Producer
2011 Samsara Consulting Producer
2008 Crips and Bloods: Made in America Producer
Restraint Executive Producer
Comedy Gumbo Executive Producer
2004 Garden State Producer
Home of Phobia Producer
2003 Beyond Borders Producer
S.W.A.T. Producer
Platinum Producer
2002 Serving Sara Producer
2001 The Day Reagan Was Shot Executive Producer
Witchblade Executive Producer
2000 The Art of War Executive Producer
1999 Any Given Sunday Producer
The Corruptor Producer
The Virgin Suicides Producer
1998 The Last Days of Kennedy and King Executive Producer
1997 Cold Around the Heart Producer
U Turn Producer
1996 Freeway Executive Producer
1995 Nixon Co-Producer


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

On the film side, Manage-ment clients are known for writing and directing such films as The Amazing Spider-Man, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Twilight, In America, and What We Do In The Shadows. Manage-ment clients have written the Sundance breakout Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the Golden Globe-nominated Neruda and the Academy Award-winning Moonlight. On the television side, Dan's clients have written, directed and produced for numerous critically acclaimed shows including House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Americans, Mad Men, Shameless, The Leftovers, People of Earth and Bates Motel.

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 and Samsara, the sequel to Baraka.

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


Some of the writers, producers and experienced showrunners/creators represented by the company include: Maria & Andre Jacquemetton (Mad Men), Joe Weisberg (The Americans), George Mastras (Breaking Bad), Dana Calvo (Good Girls Revolt), Tom Spezialy (The Leftovers), Steven Katz (The Knick), Jim Leonard (Major Crimes), Theresa Rebeck (Smash), John Strauss (Mozart in the Jungle), Frank Pugliese and Melissa James Gibson (House of Cards), David Jenkins (People of Earth), Warren Leight (Law and Order: SVU ), Jason Horwitch (Berlin Station), Sal Stabile (Waco), Jeff Eastin (White Collar), and Cameron Porsandeh (Helix).

Management also represents writers on shows such as NCIS, Bates Motel, Secrets and Lies, Z: The Beginning of Everything, The Last Tycoon, The Romanoffs, The Sinner, Quantico, Shameless, Genius, Colony, The Exorcist, 13 Reasons Why, Manhunt: Unabomber, and The Man In The High Castle.


Manage-ment represents writers and directors such as: Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight), Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight), Alvin Sargent (Ordinary People), Lucy Alibar (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Guillermo Calderon (Neruda), Bettina Gilois (Glory Road), Michael Golamco (Please Stand By), Peter Warren (Ghost Team), Daniel Pearle (A Kid Like Jake).


Manage-ment also has an active presence in the world of theatre, representing such acclaimed playwrights as: Lynn Nottage (Sweat), Marsha Norman (Night, Mother), Jon Robin Baitz (Other Desert Cities), Theresa Rebeck (Seminar), Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men).


  1. ^ "H'w'd Pix ups Halsted". Variety. February 19, 1993. Retrieved November 7, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d 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.[permanent dead link]
  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.

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