John Powers Middleton

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John Powers Middleton
John Powers Middleton photo.jpg
Born (1984-01-01) January 1, 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceMalibu, California, U.S.
OccupationFilm producer, television producer
Years active2010–present
EmployerThe Middleton Media Group, The Affleck/Middleton Project, Vertigo Entertainment, Good Universe, Warner Brothers Entertainment, Univision Radio

John Powers Middleton (born January 1, 1984) is an American film and television producer. He began his film career as an executive producer for Oldboy (2013) before executive producing the A&E television series, Bates Motel (2013), and co-producing The Lego Movie (2014).[1] Middleton's production company, The Affleck/Middleton Project, produced the film Manchester by the Sea (2016), which was nominated for six Oscars, including Best Picture. The film won Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor.[2] He was an executive producer on The Disaster Artist (2017),[3] which was nominated for one Oscar and two Golden Globes, including Best Picture in a Musical or Comedy. The film won for Best Actor. Middleton's 2017 films grossed over $500 million[4] and garnered over 130 award nominations.[5]

Early life[edit]

John Powers Middleton is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.[6] He is the son of John S. Middleton, the principal owner and general partner of the Philadelphia Phillies. Middleton attended The Haverford School and later enrolled at Duke University and The University of Pennsylvania[7] prior to pursuing a career in film.[8]


John Powers Middleton began his career as an intern, assistant, and script supervisor for a number of companies and productions before partnering with Roy Lee under his Vertigo Entertainment banner in the fall of 2010.[1] In 2012, Middleton created and launched The Alfonso Aguilar Show, a 2-hour, drive time, nationally syndicated show on Univision Radio, and the first nationally syndicated conservative, Spanish language talk show in history.[9] In February 2013, Middleton and Lee entered a joint venture with Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane to launch Good Universe, an independent full-service film financing, production, and global sales company.[1][10]

John Powers Middleton with Tommy Wiseau, The Disaster Artist

John Powers Middleton and Casey Affleck formed a production company, The Affleck/Middleton Project, in June 2014.[1] While running the production company, Middleton continued to produce with Vertigo Entertainment, Good Universe, Univision Radio,[9] Warner Brothers Entertainment,[11] and Fox 21 Television Studios, the latter of which he left for Warner Bros. Television.[1][12]

Through these partnerships Middleton produced: The Lego Movie (2014), the A&E show Bates Motel, a reboot of the classic horror film Poltergeist, the Liam Neeson/Ed Harris thriller Run All Night, and Spike Lee's Oldboy, among others.[6][13] He also worked on Manchester by the Sea, which starred his producing partner, Casey Affleck.[14][15] The film was named the second best movie of 2016 by Rolling Stone,[16] and 2016 film of the year by the National Board of Review.[17] Middleton was a co-producer on The Lego Batman Movie (2017) and The Lego Ninjago Movie (2017),[18] and has also worked on the new Stephen King adaptation of It. In the future, he will produce The Stand, many Lego film sequels and the film adaptation of the video game Minecraft.[6] Middleton was an executive producer on The Disaster Artist (2017),[19] which was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards, including Best Musical or Comedy Motion Picture. The film won for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy.[20] The film was also nominated at the 2018 Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay.[21]

During the 2017 and 2018 award season, two of Middleton's five films received recognition, The Lego Batman Movie received a total of 41 nominations and The Disaster Artist received a total of 44 nominations across multiple categories and ceremonies.[22][23]

Political life[edit]

Middleton has spent time in major donor fundraising, political strategy, the youth movement, and media, with his first effort in creating and producing The Alfonso Aguilar Show.[9] John Powers Middleton served as national co-chair from age 25 to 26 of the Republican National Committee's Young Eagles program to serve young Republicans.[24] In support of the Republican Party, John Powers Middleton has hosted a variety of events. This included an early summer 2015 fundraising event for Jeb Bush, a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election.[25]


Year Title Credit
2013 Oldboy Executive producer
2013 Undroppable Producer
2014 The Lego Movie Co-producer
2014 The Voices Executive producer
2014 Flight 7500 Executive producer
2015 Poltergeist Executive producer
2015 Hidden Executive producer
2015 Run All Night Executive producer
2016 Sleepless Night Executive producer
2016 The Boy Executive producer
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Executive producer
2016 Don't Breathe Executive producer
2016 The Woods Executive producer
2016 Manchester by the Sea Executive producer
2016 Rings Associate Producer
2017 Far Bright Star Executive producer
2017 The Lego Batman Movie Executive producer
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie Executive producer
2017 Death Row Chaplain Executive producer
2017 It Executive producer
2017 Death Note Executive producer
2017 Houses of Deceit Executive producer
2017 The Disaster Artist Executive producer
2018 The Stand Executive producer
2019 Light of My Life Producer
Year Title Credit
2013–present Bates Motel Executive producer (2013–2014)
Consulting producer (2015–present)
Year Title Credit
2012–present The Alfonso Aguilar Show Creator, producer


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