Howard Winchel Koch, Jr.
December 14, 1945
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
(m. 1967, divorced)
(m. 1984, divorced)
Molly Jordan Koch
Emily Anne Koch
|Parent(s)||Ruth (Pincus) Koch|
Howard Winchel Koch Sr.
Howard Winchel "Hawk" Koch Jr. (born December 14, 1945) is an American film producer, the former president of both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America, and a former road manager for the musical groups The Supremes and The Dave Clark Five. Koch is the author of the book Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood published in 2019.
Koch was born to a non-religious Jewish family in Los Angeles, California. He was raised in the film business, the son of Ruth (Pincus) and producer/director/actor Howard Winchel Koch, Sr. He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1963.
Hawk Koch began his career in London, working for music impresario and co-owner of The Dave Clark Five Harold Davison, as a road manager for visiting American acts. Koch returned from London to manage The Dave Clark Five's 1964 United States tour. After his time in the music business, Hawk Koch turned to filmmaking in Hollywood, working as assistant director for a number of directors and later as a producer.
Koch has been intimately involved with the making of more than 60 major motion pictures, among them such classics as Chinatown, Heaven Can Wait, Marathon Man, The Way We Were, Primal Fear, Wayne’s World, Peggy Sue Got Married, and Rosemary's Baby. His colleagues and collaborators include many of the greatest filmmakers of all-time, including Sidney Pollack, Roman Polanski, John Schlesinger, Francis Ford Coppola, and Warren Beatty. Hawk has worked with incredible actors throughout his career, including Academy Award nominees/winners Natalie Wood, Sir Laurence Olivier, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Nicholson, Barbra Streisand, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Whoopi Goldberg, Diane Lane, Edward Norton, and Halle Berry.
At the Producers Guild of America (PGA), Koch and his co-president, Mark Gordon, led the fight to preserve the producer's credit and secured all the major film studios and major independent film studios to agree to uphold the Producer's Mark (p.g.a.). In 2010, Koch and Gordon were the first pair of co-presidents to be elected by the PGA membership. The duo was re-elected in 2012.
On July 31, 2012, Koch was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making Hawk and his father the only father-son pair to lead the Academy in its history. On August 1, 2012, Koch took leave from his post at the PGA in order to assume the Academy's presidency, later rejoining Mark Gordon as PGA co-president in August 2013. During his tenure at the Academy, Koch spearheaded several initiatives including a call for diversity, launching the first general membership meeting in its history, sharpening the focus on member engagement and the future of filmmaking, implementing the Academy's digital voting system, and securing major fundraising for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Koch is a celebrated international Keynote speaker. Hawk has given one-on-one talks with Francis Coppola, Tom Cruise, and Jake Gyllenhaal at the annual Produced By Conference, and has been a featured speaker at Sarajevo Film Festival, the South Dakota Film Festival, and the Beijing International Film Festival. He delivered the 2013 commencement address at Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, and was a featured speaker at the 2019 Renaissance Weekend.
Koch is a vocal advocate for diversity and representation in film and television, as well as diversity within the entertainment industry's professional guilds and organizations. As of 2020, Koch serves on the board of directors for AMC Entertainment, Cast and Crew, the Motion Picture and Television Fund, the Producers Guild of America, and the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Koch is married to Jungian analyst and writer Molly Jordan Koch. He was previous married to Rita Litter, mother of his children Billy Koch and Emily Anne Koch; to Marcia (no last name given), mother of Robby Koch; and to Actor Joanna Pacuła.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
|1975||The Drowning Pool||Associate producer|
|1977||The Other Side of Midnight||Executive producer|
|1978||Heaven Can Wait||Executive producer|
|1979||The Frisco Kid||Executive producer|
|1981||Honky Tonk Freeway|
|1983||A Night in Heaven|
|1984||The Pope of Greenwich Village|
|1990||The Long Walk Home|
|1991||Necessary Roughness||Executive producer|
|1992||Wayne's World||Executive producer|
|1993||The Temp||Executive producer|
|Wayne's World 2||Executive producer|
|1996||Primal Fear||Executive producer|
|1997||The Beautician and the Beast|
|2000||Keeping the Faith|
|2002||Collateral Damage||Executive producer|
|2007||Blood & Chocolate|
|2011||Source Code||Executive producer|
|2013||Very Good Girls||Executive producer|
- Second unit director or assistant director
|1969||Pendulum||Second assistant director||Uncredited|
|Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice|
|1970||Getting Straight||Assistant director|
|The Baby Maker|
|1971||The Hired Hand|
|Up the Sandbox||First assistant director|
|1973||The Way We Were||Assistant director|
|1974||The Parallax View||First assistant director|
|1975||Once Is Not Enough|
|The Drowning Pool|
|1978||Heaven Can Wait|
- Miscellaneous crew
|1966||Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter||Assistant to producer||Uncredited|
|Billy the Kid Versus Dracula||Assistant to the producer|
|1968||Project X||Dialogue coach||Uncredited|
|The Odd Couple|||
- Production manager
|1975||Once Is Not Enough||Production manager|
|2005||Hostage||Unit production manager|
- As an actor
|1969||Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice||El Taco Employee||Voice role||Uncredited|
|2000||Keeping the Faith||Rabbinical Professor|
|2019||Above Suspicion||Special thanks|
|2004||The Riverman||Executive producer||Television film|
|2013||Christmas in Conway||Executive producer||Television film|
- Miscellaneous crew
|1973||Magnavox Presents Frank Sinatra||Stage manager||Television special|
|2013||85th Academy Awards||President: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Television special|
- Production manager
|1969||Then Came Bronson||Production manager|
- "Hawk Kock". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2016. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016.
- "Academy Elects Hawk Koch as Its New President". The Hollywood Reporter. July 31, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Hawk Koch Resumes Duties as PGA President Alongside Mark Gordon". The Hollywood Reporter. August 5, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- Koch, Hawk (2019). Magic Time: My Life in Hollywood. Jordan, Molly. New York. ISBN 978-1-64293-302-4. OCLC 1096514606.
- Hammond, Pete (November 14, 2019). "Hawk Koch On His New Memoir 'Magic Time': Stories From A Life In The Movie Business And Escaping The Shadow Of His Father's Hollywood Legacy". Deadline. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- Los Angeles Times: "How did new Academy president Hawk Koch get his unusual name?" By Nicole Sperling and Julie Makinen August 1, 2012
- Jewish Journal: "At Pepperdine, ruminations on Hollywood’s patrimony straight from its (Jewish) patriarchy" by Danielle Berrin October 6, 2013 | cached version at Archived December 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
- "Pop impresario Davison dies at 89". BBC News. October 24, 2011. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "DAVE CLARK FIVE TO TOUR U.S., CANADA . . . NOVEMBER 7, 1964". Motor City Radio Flashbacks. June 13, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- Finke, Nikki (October 13, 2010). "Producers Guild Plans New 'P.G.A.' Mark". Deadline. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Hawk Koch Re-joins Mark Gordon as President of PGA". www.creativehandbook.com. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- Thompson, Anne (August 1, 2012). "Academy Governors Elect Hawk Koch as New AMPAS President". IndieWire. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "New Academy President Hawk Koch Stepping Down as PGA President". The Hollywood Reporter. August 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "TheWrap - Hawk Koch Reclaiming Role as PGA President - Producers Guild of America". www.producersguild.org. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Academy Moves Toward Electronic Voting in 2013". The Hollywood Reporter. January 25, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Motion Picture Museum: $2.5 Million Buys You a Green Room". The Hollywood Reporter. April 24, 2013. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "The continuation of the collaboration between the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science and Talents Sarajevo". sff.ba (in Bosnian). Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "South Dakota Film Festival kicks off in Aberdeen". AP NEWS. September 21, 2016. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Hawk Koch gives speech for BIFF opening ceremony". www.chinadaily.com.cn. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Dodge College Commencement Speaker Announced: Hawk Koch". Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Home | Renaissance Weekend". www.renaissanceweekend.org. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- Fleming, Mike, Jr. (January 21, 2016). "Former Academy President Hawk Koch Issues Diversity Challenge In Wake Of All White Oscars". Deadline. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
- "Little Red Feather Racing — Management Team". data.littleredfeather.com. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
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