Doug Belgrad in 2015
|Occupation||Film producer/CEO, 2.0 Entertainment|
|Men in Black, Bad Boys, The Social Network, Zero Dark Thirty|
Doug Belgrad is an American film and television producer. He was previously an executive at Sony for nearly 27 years before founding 2.0 Entertainment, a film and television production and co-financing company based at Sony. He is known for supervising films such as Men in Black and Bad Boys for Sony Pictures.
Belgrad was raised in Highland Park, Illinois. His father owned and operated a furniture manufacturing business founded by his grandfather. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He began his career at Kidder, Peabody as a securities analyst, specializing in media and entertainment companies, before joining Columbia Pictures in 1989.
In 2008, he was named co-president of production at Sony Pictures Entertainment with Matt Tolmach (whom he had been working with since 2003). In 2010, Tolmach left Sony Pictures Entertainment and Belgrad was named as sole president of the studio and Hanna Minghella was named president of production.
Belgrad was an executive at Sony for nearly 27 years, most recently as President of SPE’s Motion Picture Group. In that role, Belgrad managed creative and business decision-making, and financial planning across all of SPE’s film labels. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as head of production at Columbia Pictures.
While an executive at Sony, Doug was involved in launching, supervising or revitalizing almost all of Sony’s live-action I.P., including the current Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Ghostbusters reboot, Men in Black, Bad Boys, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street Grown-Ups, Smurfs, and others.
During his time at the studio, he was the key executive working with Will Smith and Adam Sandler. Collaborations with Will Smith include Hitch, Hancock, and the remake of The Karate Kid. He supervised more than 20 Adam Sandler films at the studio, beginning with Big Daddy and continuing through Grown Ups 2. He was instrumental in acquiring and packaging a number of Sandler vehicles including Fifty First Dates, Mr. Deeds, Just Go With It and Mall Cop, a project developed for Kevin James after his co-starring role in Hitch.
Belgrad led the studio’s business efforts in China from 2009 to 2014. The Karate Kid was the 2nd Hollywood Studio/Chinese co-production and the first shot entirely on the Mainland. Doug also supervised a series of quality, commercial dramatic films, which kicked off with 21, followed by The Social Network, Zero Dark Thirty, Captain Phillips, American Hustle and Concussion. Belgrad drove the studio’s R-rated comedy push, supervising Bad Teacher, Sex Tape, and This is the End. He also bolstered Sony’s faith-based business by leveraging the Affirm marketing label with the properties Heaven is For Real and Miracles from Heaven (film).
In June 2016, it was announced that Belgrad would be leaving Sony to move into a producing role.
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