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|Born||Kevin Michael Misher
Queens, New York
Kevin Michael Misher is an American producer and former film executive.
Misher's most recent release was the 2013 remake of the Stephen King-based horror film, Carrie, for Sony Screen Gems and MGM. The film was directed by Kimberly Peirce and starred Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore.
In 2009, he produced Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Marion Cotillard, Channing Tatum and Billy Crudup, and directed by Michael Mann. The film was released on July 1, 2009 by Universal Pictures. Also released in 2009 is Fighting, starring Channing Tatum and Terrence Howard, released by Rogue Pictures, and Case 39, a suspenseful horror film starring Renée Zellweger, to be distributed by Paramount Pictures. Misher previously produced for Universal the political thriller, The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn; and The Rundown, directed by Peter Berg, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Seann William Scott and Christopher Walken.
Misher lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Danielle, and their two sons, Griffin and Beckett.
Misher, born and raised in Queens, New York, earned a degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.
Misher's first job in the entertainment industry was at HBO in New York, where he served as a financial analyst for then-CEO Michael Fuchs. He soon relocated to Los Angeles and landed at International Creative Management (ICM), initially as a mail clerk then as an agent's assistant. His talent for identifying possible film projects, demonstrated even then, convinced executive Mike Medavoy to hire Misher as a creative executive at Tri-Star Pictures.
Misher ascended the ranks quickly, and during his six years at the studio, oversaw numerous productions, including Donnie Brasco, directed by Mike Newell and starring Al Pacino and Johnny Depp.
In 1996, Misher moved to Universal Pictures, where he soon became president of production at the age of 33. During his tenure, while Universal enjoyed unprecedented success, Misher supervised production on some of the studio's most successful features, such as Out of Sight and Erin Brockovich, as well as four that remain among that studio's most profitable and continuing franchises: the series of films spawned by The Mummy, Meet the Parents, The Fast and the Furious, and The Bourne Identity.
Misher left Universal in 2001 to form his own production company, Misher Films. His first project was the hit follow-up to The Mummy franchise, The Scorpion King. He produced It's Kind of a Funny Story starring Zach Galifianakis for Focus Features. His subsequent productions include The Rundown, starring Dwayne Johnson and directed by Peter Berg, The Interpreter, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn, Public Enemies, directed by Michael Mann, starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard, Fighting starring Channing Tatum and Mirror Mirror starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer.
He begins production in January[when?] on a re-imagining of the graphic novel The Crow for Relativity Media starring Luke Evans, and is prepping other upcoming projects such as Shadow of the Colossus based on the video game to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and Crazy U, the father-son college comedy starring Will Ferrell.