Mark Canton

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Mark Canton
Mark Canton WonderCon 2011.jpg
Canton at the 2011 WonderCon
Born (1949-06-19) June 19, 1949 (age 67)
Queens, New York, U.S.
Alma mater University of California
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1974–present
Home town Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s) Wendy Finerman (divorced)
Children 3
Family Neil Canton (brother)

Mark Canton (born June 19, 1949) is an American film producer and executive.

Life and early career[edit]

Canton was born in Queens, New York, the son of Shirley and Arthur Canton, who worked in the film industry on marketing and publicity, e.g. for Lawrence of Arabia. As a young adult, Mark Canton met well known movie people like Alfred Hitchcock and David Lean, and Doris Day visited the family's apartment.[1] After working in the mail room of Warner Bros. while studying at the University of California, Los Angeles,[2] Canton started working for 20th Century Fox and later had jobs with film director Franklin Schaffner, with producer Jon Peters, and in the 1970s as executive assistant to Mike Medavoy at United Artists,[1] before working as executive vice president at Warner Bros. from 1980 onwards. Successes he was involved in at the time include 1983's National Lampoon's Vacation, Purple Rain, and the Batman and Lethal Weapon film series,[3] but also notorious box office failures like The Bonfire of the Vanities (1990),[4] a picture he described as "the best movie I ever saw" at its first screening.[5]

Career[edit]

In 1991, Canton quit Warner Bros. where he was executive vice president of the Worldwide Motion Picture Production unit.[6] Warner Bros. let him out of his contract fifteen months early with studio head Bob Daly saying "from our standpoint this was a job that was going to be eliminated."[7] He then became chairman of Sony's Columbia Pictures (later Columbia-TriStar Pictures), where he was involved with some failures like Geronimo: An American Legend, but also with blockbusters such as Men in Black, Air Force One, and My Best Friend's Wedding.[3]

Canton in March 2010

Canton was fired by Sony in 1996, after a series of relative flops including Last Action Hero (a film Canton described as "probably the best action movie of all time"[8]) and The Cable Guy, before his final string of movies could become blockbusters.[9] Described at the time as both "known for enthusiasm, rapid-fire talk, a sleek Italian wardrobe and a youthful style"[2] and "a braggart who was lucky to have become chairman of a studio in the first place",[10] Canton was in those years "one of the most powerful executives in Hollywood".[1]

In 1998, Canton became an independent film producer, with Jack Frost starring Michael Keaton as his first major production.[11] Backed by the German company Senator Entertainment from August 2000 onwards, he struck a first-look deal with Warner Bros. By the end of 2001, the shares of Senator had dropped substantially and Canton had to close down his production company.[12]

In 2002, he was the chief executive of Artists Production Group, the movie branch of Artist Management Group.[3] After leaving APG in November 2003, he created Atmosphere Entertainment together with Mark Kimsey, an investment manager. The aims were to produce films and television programming.[13] With this company, he produced blockbusters such as 300, Immortals, and The Spiderwick Chronicles. In his roles as executive, chairman, and producer, Canton has been involved in over 300 major Hollywood productions.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Canton was married to Oscar-winning producer Wendy Finerman, with whom he has three children.[1] His brother is the film producer Neil Canton.[1] They co-produced the 2000 film Get Carter.

Filmography as Producer[edit]

Year Title Director Box Office Notes
1974 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Joseph Sargent
1980 Caddyshack Harold Ramis $39.8 million[15]
Die Laughing Jeff Werner $4 million[16]
1998 Jack Frost Troy Miller $34.6 million[17]
1999-2001 Jack & Jill Randi Mayem Singer TV Series (32 Episodes)
2000 Get Carter Stephen Kay $19.4 million[18]
Red Planet Antony Hoffman $33.5 million[19]
2001 Angel Eyes Luis Mandoki $29.7 million[20]
2002 Trapped Luis Mandoki (2) $13.4 million[21]
2004 Taking Lives D. J. Caruso $65.5 million[22]
Godsend Nick Hamm $30.1 million[23]
2005 Land of the Dead George A. Romero $47.8 million[24] Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Horror Film
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Horror
Nominated - Fangoria - Best Wide Release Film
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Summer Movie
2006 300 Zack Snyder $456.1 million[25] Saturn Award for Best Action or Adventure Film
Nominated - Empire Award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Movie
Nominated - MTV Russia Movie Award for Best International Movie
Nominated - National Movie Award for Best Action/Adventure
Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite Action Movie
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Animated or Mixed Media Feature
Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Action
2007 Full of It Christian Charles $500.000[26]
2008 The Spiderwick Chronicles Mark Waters $162.8 million[27] Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
2009 A Perfect Getaway David Twohy $22.9 million[28]
Fame Kevin Tancharoen $80.2 million[29]
2010 Letters to Juliet Gary Winick $82.1 million[30] Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie – Romance
Piranha 3D Alexandre Aja $83.7 million[31] Nominated - Dorian Award for Campy Film of the Year
Nominated - Scream Award for Best Horror Movie
Removal Nick Simon
2011 Immortals Tarsem Singh $226.9 million[32] Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Fantasy Film
2012 The Cold Light of Day Mabrouk El Mechri $25.4 million[33]
Piranha 3DD John Gulager $8.5 million[34] Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie: Horror
Freelancers Jessy Terrero $370.000[35]
Black November Jeta Amata $35.000[36]
Rites of Passage W. Peter Iliff
2013 Escape Plan Mikael Håfström $137.3 million[37]
2014 300: Rise of an Empire Noam Murro $337.6 million[38]
Cake Daniel Barnz $2.9 million[39]
Outcast Nick Powell $4.8 million[40]
The Pyramid Grégory Levasseur $16.9 million[41]
2014-present Power Courtney Kemp Agboh TV Series (25 Episodes)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Drama Series
2015 The Last Witch Hunter Breck Eisner $140.4 million[42]
2016 Mr. Church Bruce Beresford
2017 Burn Your Maps Jordan Roberts
The Yellow Birds Alexandre Moors
The Comedian Taylor Hackford
Final Score Scott Mann
2018 Den of Thieves Christian Gudegast
Black Belle Shana Betz
A.D. Ben Hibon
Robot: Colony 25 Jill Thrussell

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Weinraub, Bernard (February 8, 1994). "Film Boss Rules the Stars With His Awe". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Weinraub, Bernard (October 4, 1991). "From Errand Boy to Studio Chief". New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Lyman, Rick (February 20, 2002). "It's a Rare Scene: Movie Executive With 9 Lives; From Warner Brothers to Columbia, and, Now, Paired With Ovitz". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  4. ^ Andersen, Kurt (July 5, 1993). "How To Run a Movie Studio". Time. Retrieved November 11, 2008. 
  5. ^ Griffin, Nancy; Masters, Kim (1996). Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood. Simon & Schuster. p. 367. 
  6. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (September 6, 1991). "THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Vice President Is Leaving Warner Brothers". The New York Times. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  7. ^ Griffin & Masters. p. 318
  8. ^ Griffin & Masters. p. 368
  9. ^ Busch, Anita M. (July 10, 1997). "Canton's Sony Roundabout". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  10. ^ Masters, Kim (September 23, 1996). "Water Torture". Time. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Inside Moves". Variety. March 17, 1998. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  12. ^ Harris, Dana; Dunkley, Cathy (October 21, 2001). "Canton fires staff, Senator backing out". Variety. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Mark Canton Forms Atmosphere Entertainment MM LLC.". BusinessWire. December 10, 2003. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  14. ^ Mitchell, Peter (August 5, 2005). "Simon the Star". The Age. Retrieved November 4, 2008. 
  15. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=caddyshack.htm
  16. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Die-Laughing#tab=summary
  17. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Jack-Frost#tab=summary
  18. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Get-Carter#tab=summary
  19. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=redplanet.htm
  20. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=angeleyes.htm
  21. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=trapped.htm
  22. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=takinglives.htm
  23. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=godsend.htm
  24. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/George-A-Romeros-Land-of-the-Dead#tab=summary
  25. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=300.htm
  26. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=nothingbutthetruth.htm
  27. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=spiderwickchronicles.htm
  28. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=perfectgetaway.htm
  29. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Fame-(2008)#tab=summary
  30. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Letters-to-Juliet#tab=summary
  31. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Piranha-3D#tab=summary
  32. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=warofgods.htm
  33. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Cold-Light-of-Day-The#tab=summary
  34. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=piranha3dd.htm
  35. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Freelancers#tab=summary
  36. ^ http://www.the-numbers.com/movie/Black-November#tab=summary
  37. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=tomb.htm
  38. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=300sequel.htm
  39. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=cake.htm
  40. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/intl/?page=&view=bycountry&id=_fOUTCAST202
  41. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=pyramid.htm
  42. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=lastwitchhunter.htm

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