James D. Stern

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James D. Stern
BornJuly 18, 1957 age 66
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Occupation(s)Producer, director

James D. Stern is an American film and Broadway producer. He won a 2003 Tony Award for Hairspray, has been nominated for other awards, and was a Drama Desk Award Winner for Stomp.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Before starting Endgame, Stern co-directed and produced the IMAX film Michael Jordan to the Max and HBO’s It’s the Rage. On stage he produced the twelve-time Tony Award-winning Mel Brooks show The Producers and the eight time Tony Award-winning Hairspray. He produced Stomp, The Diary of Anne Frank starring Natalie Portman, Legally Blonde, the Tony Award-nominated Twilight 1992, and the Olivier Award-winning play The Weir. He produced Alan Menken's Leap of Faith during the fall of 2010.

Stern founded and ran the financial investment company and hedge fund Stern Joint Venture, L.P. (SJV). He produced with his company Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict the thriller Self/less.[1]

Stern directed the 2018 documentary American Chaos.[2][3]

Stern has a B.A. in directing from the University of Michigan and a M.B.A. in marketing and finance from Columbia University.

Endgame Entertainment[edit]

Endgame Entertainment
TypeIndependent Company
IndustryMotion Pictures
FoundedMarch 11, 2002
FounderJames D. Stern
Beverly Hills, California,[4] United States
OwnerJames D. Stern

In March 11, 2002, Stern founded Endgame Entertainment as an independent production company to produce, develop and finance films and other forms of entertainment properties. Under his leadership, Endgame Entertainment has financed or cofinanced more than 25 films. Endgame recently wrapped production on Seeking Justice, directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce. Recent releases include An Education (Sony Pictures Classics), which garnered three Academy Award nominations, and Every Little Step (Sony Pictures Classics), which Stern co-produced and co-directed. The documentary grossed more than $1.7 million and was short listed for an Academy Award.

Previous Endgame releases include Summit's The Brothers Bloom, Sony Pictures Classics' Easy Virtue and the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Cate Blanchett. Earlier releases include Hotel Rwanda and Lord of War for Lionsgate, Proof for Miramax, Universal's White Noise, Hollywood Pictures’ Stay Alive, and New Line's Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle. Stern also co-directed and produced the documentaries The Year of the Yao (New Line) and ...So Goes the Nation (IFC).


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit
1995 Jeffrey Associate producer
1997 35 Miles from Normal
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Co-executive producer
It’s the Rage
2004 Stage Beauty Executive producer
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle Executive producer
Five Children and It Executive producer
2005 Rag Tale Executive producer
Proof Executive producer
River Queen Executive producer
Beowulf & Grendel Executive producer
Lord of War Executive producer
The Best Man Executive producer
2006 The Alibi
Stay Alive
Comeback Season Executive producer
2007 Solstice
I'm Not There
2008 Easy Virtue
The Brothers Bloom
2009 An Education Executive producer
2011 A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
Seeking Justice
2012 The Raven Executive producer
2013 A Haunted House Executive producer
Jobs Executive producer
Side Effects Executive producer
Homefront Executive producer
2015 Self/less
2016 Snowden Executive producer
Army of One
2017 The Discovery
2018 Come Sunday
The Old Man & the Gun
2019 Murder Mystery
2021 Bliss
2023 Murder Mystery 2
As director
Year Film
1999 It’s the Rage
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role
2007 Hairspray Stage producer: Broadway
Year Film Role
2005 The Producers Acknowledgment: Producer of the Broadway play
2016 Gold Thanks


Year Title Credit Notes
2006 Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks Executive producer
2013 Dancing on the Edge Executive producer
Sport in America: Our Defining Stories Executive producer Documentary
2016−20 Last Chance U Executive producer Documentary
2021 Last Chance U: Basketball Executive producer Documentary
As director
Year Title Notes
2013 Sport in America: Our Defining Stories Documentary
Miscellaneous crew
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Legally Blonde: The Musical Produced for the stage by Television film
Year Title Role
2001 Great Performances Acknowledgment: Produced for the Broadway Stage in association with


  1. ^ Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict are Selfless
  2. ^ Jaworowski, Ken (13 September 2018). "Review: 'American Chaos' Looks at the Election. You Know the End". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Alan Zilberman (2018-09-12) [2018-09-11]. "Here's an early candidate for the worst movie about the 2016 election". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. ISSN 0190-8286. OCLC 1330888409.[please check these dates]
  4. ^ https://www.linkedin.com/company/endgame-entertainment

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