Lorenzo di Bonaventura

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Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Lorenzo di Bonaventura by Gage Skidmore.jpg
di Bonaventura at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego
Born (1957-01-13) January 13, 1957 (age 64)
Alma materChoate Rosemary Hall
Harvard University
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Kimberly di Bonaventura (m. 1996 - 2015)
Brooke di Bonaventura (m. 2018)

Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Italian pronunciation: [loˈrɛntso di ˌbɔnavenˈtuːra]; born January 13, 1957) is an American film producer and founder and owner of Di Bonaventura Pictures. He is best known for producing the Transformers film series. The films he has produced have made over $7 billion at the box office.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Di Bonaventura spent the 1990s as an executive at Warner Bros. Pictures, eventually rising to president of worldwide production. His production company Di Bonaventura Pictures is based at Paramount Pictures. His tenure at Warner Bros. included discovering and shepherding The Matrix into production, and the purchase of the rights to the Harry Potter books by J. K. Rowling.

Di Bonaventura has purchased the film rights to the six-part series of fantasy novels The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.[2] Di Bonaventura said that Scott's "fantastic series is a natural evolution from 'Harry Potter'."

In the documentary Side by Side, he criticized the ubiquitousness of inexpensive high quality cameras for essentially allowing anyone to become a filmmaker, potentially saturating the media landscape with awful entertainment that the masses wouldn't be able to distinguish from works by conventionally trained persons. This new media landscape is flawed due to lack of a "tastemaker"—similar to how Steve Jobs complained that journalistic editorial content was now sorely lacking, mentioned at one of the Some Things Digital conferences.

Personal life[edit]

Di Bonaventura graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall and Harvard University. He later received an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[3] His father, Mario di Bonaventura, was a symphony conductor, and his uncle, Anthony di Bonaventura, was a concert pianist.[4]

Di Bonaventura serves as chair of the Creative Council for Represent.Us, a nonpartisan anti-corruption organization.[5] He has served on the Claremont Graduate University Board of Trustees since 2015.[6]


Year Title Director Distributor(s)
2005 Constantine Francis Lawrence Warner Bros. Pictures
Four Brothers John Singleton Paramount Pictures
Doom Andrzej Bartkowiak Universal Studios
Derailed Mikael Håfström The Weinstein Company
Buena Vista International
2007 Shooter Antoine Fuqua Paramount Pictures
1408 Mikael Håfström Dimension Films
Transformers Michael Bay DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
Stardust Matthew Vaughn Paramount Pictures
2009 Imagine That Karey Kirkpatrick
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Michael Bay DreamWorks Pictures
Paramount Pictures
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Stephen Sommers Paramount Pictures
2010 Salt Phillip Noyce Sony Pictures Releasing
Red Robert Schwentke Summit Entertainment
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
2012 The Devil Inside William Brent Bell
Man on a Ledge Asger Leth Summit Entertainment
2013 The Last Stand Kim Jee-woon Lionsgate
Side Effects Steven Soderbergh Open Road Films
G.I. Joe: Retaliation Jon M. Chu Paramount Pictures
Red 2 Dean Parisot Summit Entertainment
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Kenneth Branagh Paramount Pictures
Transformers: Age of Extinction Michael Bay
2016 Deepwater Horizon Peter Berg Summit Entertainment
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight Michael Bay Paramount Pictures
Kidnap Luis Prieto Relativity Media
American Assassin Michael Cuesta Lionsgate
Only the Brave Joseph Kosinski
2018 The Meg Jon Turteltaub Warner Bros. Pictures
Bumblebee Travis Knight Paramount Pictures
2019 Pet Sematary Kevin Kölsch
Dennis Widmyer
2020 The Secrets We Keep Yuval Adler Bleecker Street
TBA Kringle[7] Mark Dindal Paramount Pictures



  1. ^ "LORENZO DI BONAVENTURA TO RECEIVE CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD". www.zff.com. Zurich Film Festival. August 23, 2016. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  2. ^ Moon, Transformers At The. "Lorenzo di Bonaventura - June 2007 - Transformers At The Moon - www.transformertoys.co.uk".
  3. ^ Weinstein, Joshua L. (11 October 2010). "Di Bonaventura on a bonny venture". Variety.
  4. ^ "Mario di Bonaventura (Composer) - Short Biography". www.bach-cantatas.com. Bach Cantatas Website. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "About | Represent.Us". End corruption. Defend the Republic. Retrieved 2016-11-01.
  6. ^ "Lorenzo di Bonaventura ·". www.cgu.edu.
  7. ^ LaPorte, Nicole (February 27, 2007). "Paramount gets tough with Santa myth". Variety. Retrieved August 19, 2016.

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