Edward Bass (producer)

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Edward Bass
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Born Michael Edward Bass
(1957-07-05) July 5, 1957 (age 59)
Los Angeles
Occupation Producer, writer, actor
Years active 1991–present
Website www.edwardbassfilms.com

Michael Edward Bass (born July 5, 1957[1][2]) is a producer, director, writer, actor and satirist.[3][4] He was on the production team of the movie Tar with James Franco and Mila Kunis as well as ‘’Black Dog, Red Dog’’ with Franco, Olivia Wilde, and Whoopi Goldberg. He also co-produced with Guillermo del Toro (While She Was Out), Kevin Spacey (Mini’s First Time) and Actors Anonymous which he produced with Sara Von Kienegger.[5]

Life and career[edit]

His indoctrination to the entertainment world began early in life when his family, between ski trips and weekends in New York and vacations in Las Vegas, arranged backstage visits with notables such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Milton Berle (an artist he would later go on to manage) and Harry Belafonte, who taught him how to water ski at Lake Mead. In his years at Beverly Hills High School, his home was always a place for impromptu get-together and concerts. Bass went on to manage a range of talents, from ballerinas to boxers. One boxer included Julio Caesar Chavez, whom under Bass' wings was made the highest priced super middleweight boxer in the history of the sport.[6] Bass also produced such musicals and events as Bob Hope Day, "Great Moments on Stage" with the Nicholas Brothers and the musical "Stardust" with Toni Tenille and Tony Award winner Hinton Battle.

In 2004, Bass founded Bass Films along with his lifetime friend Michel Litvak.[7] Bold Films produced the movies Slingshot, Come Early Morning and Mini’s First Time’’. Bass left Bold Films in 2006 to pursue his creative vision. In 2008, Bass created Edward Bass Films to continue his prolific film production activities. Bass is expected to take his much-touted project Belle[8] and Wrong Number[9] into pre-production in 2014.Bass is a member of the Producer’s Guild and Screen Actors Guild. In 2015, Bass produces Actors Anonymous, along with James Franco, Chris Abernathy, Tim Astor, Jay Davis, Sara Von Kienegger, and John Watson.

Controversies[edit]

In the mid-1980s, Bass and his business partner, Sol Spiegler, forged a Dun & Bradstreet credit rating in order to purchase television sets valued at $1 million on credit. The supplier never received payment and it was later discovered that the television sets had been shipped to South America. Bass and Spieler were subsequently convicted of mail fraud and served time in prison.[10][11]

Philanthropy[edit]

Bass’ work in supporting Andy Lauer with his Nonprofit Organization, Reelaid[12] and in development of several philanthropic feature film projects won him and Lauer the White House 2007 Circle of Excellence Award in Washington DC.[13] Bass is working with the Royal Family of Iran in developing a project about Princess Ashraf Pahlavi, the twin sister of the country's last shah, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, who was noteworthy for her support of women’s rights.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1991 Something a Little Less Serious: A Tribute to 'It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World' co-producer
2005 Slingshot producer
2006 Come Early Morning producer
Mini's First Time producer
2008 While She Was Out co-executive producer
2010 The Killing Jar executive producer
As Good as Dead Producer
2011 The Hill Chris Climbed: The Gridiron Heroes Story (documentary) supervising producer
2012 Tar producer
Redemptio executive producer
2013 Sahaya Going Beyond executive producer
Claustrophobia executive producer
Miracle on 42nd Street producer
Black Dog, Red Dog Joe

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