John Davis (producer)

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John Davis
John Andrew Davis

(1954-07-20) July 20, 1954 (age 66)
Alma materBowdoin College
Harvard Business School
OccupationFilm producer
Known forFounder of Davis Entertainment
ChildrenJack, Catherine, Jensen
Parent(s)Marvin Davis
Barbara Davis

John Andrew Davis (born July 20, 1954) is an American film producer and founder of Davis Entertainment.


Davis was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, the son of Barbara Davis (née Levine), a philanthropist, and former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis (1925–2004).[1] His interest in cinema began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood film theater, where he sold popcorn and subsequently viewed up to 300 films a year. Davis graduated from Bowdoin College, attended Amherst College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Davis is of Jewish descent.[2]


Davis, Chairman of Los Angeles-based Davis Entertainment, has been a producer on more than 100 feature films and movies for television that have earned more than $5 billion worldwide.[3]

Davis Entertainment produces projects for all studios, mini-majors, and several broadcast networks.

Davis Entertainment produced the reimagining of the Predator series, The Predator, by filmmaker Shane Black, and a sequel to Shaft, directed by Tim Story, and including the return of both Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree. They are also working on Jungle Cruise at Disney starring Dwayne Johnson, and the Paramount drama Ness, with Paul Greengrass attached to direct.

Some of Davis’s many feature film productions include Game Night, a New Line comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams; the animated Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha; five time Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell's biographical comedy-drama Joy (2015), starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper, for 20th Century Fox; a big screen version of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, for Warner Bros.;[4] Victor Frankenstein, a re-imagining of the horror classic Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy for Fox;[5] the $100 million plus-grossing, micro-budgeted Chronicle; the sci-fi thriller I, Robot, starring Will Smith; the Jim Carrey starrer Mr. Popper's Penguins; Norbit, the comedy starring Eddie Murphy for DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures; the blockbuster The Firm, starring Tom Cruise; the two Dr. Dolittle films, starring Eddie Murphy; the Garfield franchise series for Fox; Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner; the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care; Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau trilogy Out to Sea, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men; Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman; Predator 2, John Woo's Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, for Paramount Pictures; and Alien vs. Predator, an action thriller combining the two iconic cinematic aliens, among many others.

New television projects include Alex, Inc., an ABC comedy starring Zach Braff and Michael Imperioli set to debut this upcoming television season.

For past television, Davis Entertainment developed and executive produced the NBC hour long drama The Blacklist, a Sony Television production,[6] as well as NBC's action drama Timeless and ABC's hit comedy Dr. Ken starring Ken Jeong.

Other projects[edit]

Davis’ successful business ventures include the fastest growing restaurant company in America, Blaze Pizza. Davis’s newest restaurant venture is Bacoshop, a fast casual concept, which opened up in March in Culver City, California. He’s partnered in this venture with acclaimed Los Angeles chef Josef Centeno. Davis has been previously involved and on the board of Wetzel's Pretzels. For 25 years, he owned and operated various network TV stations.

Personal life[edit]

Davis is married to Jordan Davis. They have three children: Jack, Catherine and Jensen, as mentioned in the Garfield: The Movie DVD commentary.[7] Davis's three children said that the CG version of Garfield looked "evil" when they first saw him.[citation needed]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1987 Predator
Three O'Clock High Co-producer
1988 License to Drive
1989 Little Monsters
1990 The Last of the Finest
Enid Is Sleeping
Predator 2
1991 Shattered
1992 Storyville Executive producer
1993 Gunmen
The Firm
The Thing Called Love
Grumpy Old Men
1994 Richie Rich
1995 The Hunted
Denise Calls Up Executive producer
The Grass Harp
Grumpier Old Men
1996 Courage Under Fire
The Chamber
1997 Lewis and Clark and George Executive producer
Out to Sea
Digging to China
Bad Manners Executive producer
1998 Dr. Dolittle
1999 The Settlement Executive producer
Dudley Do-Right
Rites of Passage Executive producer
2000 Labor Pains Co-executive producer
2001 Heartbreakers
Dr. Dolittle 2
Behind Enemy Lines
2002 Life or Something Like It
29 Palms Executive producer
2003 Happy Hour Executive producer
Daddy Day Care
Devil's Pond Direct-to-video
2004 Garfield: The Movie
I, Robot
Alien vs. Predator
First Daughter
Fat Albert
Flight of the Phoenix
2005 At Last Executive producer
2006 When a Stranger Calls
Dr. Dolittle 3 Direct-to-video
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
2007 Norbit
Daddy Day Camp Executive producer
The Heartbreak Kid Executive producer
Garfield Gets Real Direct-to-video
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
2008 Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief Direct-to-video
Garfield's Fun Fest Direct-to-video
The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Executive producer Direct-to-video
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts Direct-to-video
Garfield's Pet Force Direct-to-video
2010 Marmaduke
Gulliver's Travels
2011 A Little Bit of Heaven
Mr. Popper's Penguins
2012 Chronicle
2014 Devil's Due
2015 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Victor Frankenstein
2017 Ferdinand
2018 Game Night
Our House Executive producer
The Predator
2019 Shaft
Dolemite Is My Name
2021 Jungle Cruise
Year Film Notes
1990 Texasville Many thanks


Year Title Credit Notes
1990 Dangerous Passion Executive producer Television film
Curiosity Kills Executive producer Television film
Silhouette Executive producer Television film
1992 Wild Card Executive producer
1993 Voyage Television film
Caught in the Act Executive producer Television film
The Last Outlaw Television film
1994 This Can't Be Love Executive producer Television film
Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers Story Television film
One Christmas Television film
1995 Kidnapped Television film
1997 Asteroid Executive producer Television film
Volcano: Fire on the Mountain Executive producer Television film
1998 Miracle at Midnight Executive producer Television film
1999 The Jesse Ventura Story Executive producer Television film
2000 Little Richard Executive producer Television film
2002 Bobbie's Girl Executive producer Television film
2005 Nadine in Date Land Executive producer Television film
Life Is Ruff Executive producer Television film
2007 Jump In! Executive producer Television film
2011 Locke & Key
2013−present The Blacklist Executive producer
2013 Ironside Executive producer
2015 The Player Executive producer
2015−17 Dr. Ken Executive producer
2016−18 Timeless Executive producer
2017 The Blacklist: Redemption Executive producer
2018 Alex, Inc. Executive producer
2018−present Magnum P.I. Executive producer
2021 The Equalizer Executive producer
2021 Rebel Executive producer
Production manager
Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Production supervisor
1994 Doomsday Gun Production manager Television film


  1. ^ Lyman, Rick (May 15, 2003). "A Movie Mogul's Son Who Is All Business". The New York Times. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  2. ^ Edward S. Shapiro (May 30, 2005). We Are Many: Reflections On American Jewish History And Identity. Syracuse University Press. pp. 116–. ISBN 978-0-8156-3075-3. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
  3. ^ Coakley, Jacob (July 11, 2013). "20th Century Fox Commits to Turning Films into Musicals". Stage Directions. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Burlingame, Jon (July 31, 2013). "Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer Try to Crack 'U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Challenge". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (July 25, 2013). "James McAvoy Tapped By Fox To Play Victor Von Frankenstein". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  6. ^ Rose, Lacey (July 29, 2013). "'The Blacklist' Producers Ink First Look Deal at Sony TV (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Lyman, Rick (May 15, 2003). "A Movie Mogul's Son Who Is All Business". The New York Times.

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