Joseph Emanuel Roth
|Occupation||Film director, chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993) and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000)|
(m. 1980; div. 2004)
Joseph Emanuel Roth is an American film executive, producer and director. He co-founded Morgan Creek Productions in 1988 and was chairman of 20th Century Fox (1989–1993), Caravan Pictures (1993–1994), and Walt Disney Studios (1994–2000) before founding Revolution Studios in 2000, then Roth Films.
Roth was born to Frances and Lawrence Roth. He has stated that his Jewish family faced various forms of harassment growing up in a heavily Catholic part of Long Island, New York. This involved incidents like "a cross being burned on the lawn and some of Roth's schoolmates crossed themselves before they would speak to him." In 1959, Roth's father volunteered his son to be a plaintiff in the ACLU's effort to abolish mandatory prayer in public schools. The case, filed in New York, went through several appeals, finally reaching the U.S. Supreme Court in 1962. The Court ruled that such prayer was unconstitutional under the First Amendment, in the landmark case of Engel v. Vitale.
In 1988 by Roth and James Robinson co-founded Morgan Creek Entertainment. The name came from Roth's favorite film, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek. The company had box-office hits including Young Guns and Major League.
In 1992, he co-founded Caravan Pictures with Roger Birnbaum, which had a production deal with The Walt Disney Studios. Roth moved on to be Disney studio chief on August 24, 1994. Disney CEO Michael Eisner was so set on replacing Jeffrey Katzenberg as Disney studio chief with Roth that he forgave the $15 million cost overrun debt for I Love Trouble and paid Roth $40 million of fees for 21 unproduced films under the deal.
Roth, who was ranked 6th in Premiere Magazine's 2003 Hollywood Power List, produced the 76th annual Academy Awards. Roth announced that in October 2007, when Revolution's distribution deal with Sony Pictures ended, Revolution Studios would close and he joined Sony as a producer.
On November 13, 2007, Roth was introduced as the majority owner of a Seattle, Washington–based Major League Soccer franchise along with Paul Allen. Seattle Sounders FC—which calls Lumen Field home—began regular season play in 2009. On November 12, 2015, Roth passed on majority ownership to Adrian Hanauer.
Roth was married to Donna Arkoff whose father was movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff. They have three children. They resided in the Dolores del Río House, designed by architect Douglas Honnold for Irish production designer Cedric Gibbons and Mexican actress Dolores del Río in 1929 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California.
He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.
- Miscellaneous crew
|1974||The Conversation||Production assistant|
|1990||The Exorcist III|
- As an actor
- Production manager
|1998||Armageddon||Executive in charge of production|
|1995||Dead Presidents||Special thanks|
|Gangs of New York|
|2004||76th Academy Awards||Television special|
|2007||Demons||Executive producer||Television film|
|2011||Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza||Executive producer|
|2010–12||Are We There Yet?||Executive producer|
|2012–14||Anger Management||Executive producer|
|2019||This is Football||Executive producer||Documentary|
|2020||The Plot Against America||Executive producer|
|1990||American Masters||Special thanks||Documentary|
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- New York Civil Liberties Union: "Obituary: Steven Engel, Plaintiff in Landmark School Prayer Case" February 6, 2008
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- New York Times: "Samuel Z. Arkoff, Maker of Drive-In Thrillers, Dies at 83" By ALJEAN HARMETZ September 19, 2001
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