Jonathan D. Krane

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Jonathan D. Krane (May 1, 1952 – August 1, 2016)[1] was an American screenwriter[2], movie producer, talent manager, and studio head[3]. He's most known in Hollywood for his decade and a half partnership with John Travolta, who he managed from 1987 until 2002. Together, they made some of Travolta's biggest films including Look Who's Talking (1989), Phenomenon (1996), Michael (1996), Face/Off (1997), Primary Colors (1998), General's Daughter (1999), Domestic Disturbance (2001), Swordfish (2001) and Basic (2003).[4]

Krane was born in Hollywood, CA, on May 1, 1952. He graduated from Hollywood Hills High at the age of 15[5], and received his bachelor's degree at St. John's College where he graduated first in his class.[6][7] After finishing his undergraduate work, he lived for one year in England, France, and Greece, independently studying civil liberties in European criminal justice systems before returning to the states to study law at Yale Law School. He was awarded his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1976.

He began his legal career as an associate at Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella, specializing in international motion picture taxation and entertainment law. This specialty would expose him to the world of entertainment and set him up for his future career as a talent manager and film producer.

He married actress Sally Kellerman[8] on May 11, 1980, in a private ceremony at Jennifer Jones' Malibu home.[9]

A chance meeting with Blake Edwards at an industry party would change the course of his career. Blake was reportedly tired of working with the studio system and Jonathan pitched him his idea of a "new type of film studio." After further discussions, they partnered together to form Blake Edwards Entertainment, where Jonathan would serve as CEO. He would develop and produce the projects so Blake could focus on writing and directing.

Their first project was the hit film Trail of the Pink Panther, which they followed up with Curse of the Pink Panther the next year. All told, they made seven films together before Jonathan left to expand his own company called Management Company Entertainment (MCE), which he had formed in 1983.[1] The separation was not amicable, with Blake later saying he "was furious with Krane and no longer spoke to him because Krane had made all his contacts through Edwards and then left."[10]

Krane took MCE public in 1987 as "Management Co. Entertainment Group", which made him the youngest CEO of a publicly traded company at the time.

In 1989, they adopted newborn twins, Jack and Hannah.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1982 Trail of the Pink Panther executive producer
1983 Curse of the Pink Panther executive producer
The Man Who Loved Women executive producer
1984 Micki & Maude executive producer
1986 A Fine Mess executive producer
That's Life! producer
1987 Blind Date executive producer
1988 You Can't Hurry Love producer
The Chocolate War producer
Slipping into Darkness producer
1989 The Experts executive producer
Getting It Right producer
Catch Me If You Can producer
C.H.U.D. II: Bud the C.H.U.D. producer
Look Who's Talking producer
Limit Up producer
1990 Without You I'm Nothing producer
Fatal Charm executive producer
producer
Look Who's Talking Too producer
1991 Chains of Gold producer
Cold Heaven producer
Convicts producer
1992 Boris and Natasha: The Movie producer
Breaking the Rules producer
1993 Look Who's Talking Now producer
1994 Love Is a Gun producer
1995 The Point of Betrayal producer
1996 Phenomenon executive producer
Michael producer
1997 Face/Off executive producer
Movies Kill executive producer
The Lay of the Land producer
Mad City executive producer
1998 Primary Colors executive producer
1999 The General's Daughter executive producer
2000 Battlefield Earth producer
Lucky Numbers producer
Bar Hopping producer
2001 Swordfish producer
Domestic Disturbance producer
2003 Basic producer
2007 The Prince and the Pauper: The Movie executive producer
2010 Father of Invention producer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jonathan D. Krane Biography (1952-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Father of Invention, retrieved 2019-11-27
  3. ^ "The 'Talking' at MCEG Is Now About What's Next". Los Angeles Times. 1990-02-07. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  4. ^ "The Krane Company previous releases". thekranecompany.com. Archived from the original on August 2, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
  5. ^ "The 'Talking' at MCEG Is Now About What's Next". Los Angeles Times. 1990-02-07. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  6. ^ "Jonathan Krane CV" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Alumni Memoriam 2016".
  8. ^ "Jonathan D. Krane, Producer of the 'Look Who's Talking' Films, Dies at 65". hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  9. ^ "The Free Lance-Star - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  10. ^ Friedman, Roger (2015-03-25). "Travolta and Longtime Manager Part Ways". Fox News. Retrieved 2019-11-27.
  11. ^ Kellerman, Sally (2013). Read My Lips: Stories of a Hollywood Life. Weinstein Books. ISBN 1-60286-167-6.

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