Robert Simonds

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Robert Simonds
Born Robert Bruce Simonds, Jr.
Phoenix, Arizona
Nationality American
Other names Bob Simonds
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Film producer
Years active 1990–present
Known for Cheaper by the Dozen, Big Daddy, The Wedding Singer
Spouse(s) Anne Oughton Biondi (m. 1999–)[1]

Robert Bruce Simonds, Jr. (born 1964) is an American film producer and the Chairman and CEO of movie studio STX Entertainment.[2] His over thirty Hollywood studio movies have generated well in excess of $6 billion in worldwide revenue,[3] including Cheaper by the Dozen and The Pink Panther with Steve Martin, Big Daddy and The Waterboy with Adam Sandler, and This Means War with Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon and Tom Hardy.[4] Simonds has also produced a number of highly-profitable cult films, including The Wedding Singer, Joe Dirt, Half Baked, and Happy Gilmore.[3] To this extent, throughout his hands-on producing career Simonds had the single best studio track record for profitability on his films.[5]

Simonds was born in Phoenix, Arizona, the son of Robert Bruce Simonds, Sr., a businessman. He and his wife Anne live in Los Angeles with their son and four daughters.

STX Entertainment[edit]

Main article: STX Entertainment

In March 2014 Simonds announced the formation of STX Entertainment.[6] Investors in STX include TPG Growth, the growth equity arm of TPG Capital; Hony Capital, a leading Chinese private equity firm; and the business interests of Hollywood producer and entrepreneur Gigi Pritzker, Beau Wrigley and others. Debt is provided by a consortium of banks including JP Morgan, Bank of America and Seer Capital.[6]

Company Management:

  • Robert Simonds, Chief Executive Officer
  • Tom McGrath, Chief Operating Officer
  • Noah Fogelson, General Counsel
  • Sophie Watts, President [7]
  • Rich Sullivan, Chief Financial Officer[8]
  • Adam Fogelson, Chairman, Motion Picture Group[9]
  • Oren Aviv, President, Motion Picture Group[10]
  • Kevin Grayson, President, Distribution [11]
  • Jack Pan, President of Motion Picture Marketing[12]

The Board of Directors is composed of investors and industry veterans[13] including:

  • Robert Simonds, STX Entertainment
  • David Bonderman, TPG Capital
  • Bill McGlashan, TPG Growth [14]
  • John Zhao, Hony Capital
  • Carmen Chang, NEA
  • Gigi Pritzker, Pritzker Capital, Oddlot Entertainment
  • Frank Biondi, Waterview Partners
  • Tony Viciquierra, Former CEO of Fox Broadcasting

STX's initial films include The Secret In Their Eyes, which stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts and will be directed by Billy Ray, [15] and Free State of Jones, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and will be directed by Gary Ross.[16]

The studio financed and distributed actor Joel Edgerton's directorial debut, The Gift, a thriller from Jason Blum's Blumhouse. The film stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton, who also wrote the script. Released in August 2015, the movie received a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes. STX has also announced that it is in talks to produce Russ and Roger Go Beyond, starring Will Ferrell, a film based on the true story of the collaboration between two outsiders - controversial director Russ Meyer and the fledgling screenwriter Roger Ebert. [17]

In January 2015, the studio announced a multi-year premium television output deal. The deal is said to have started in 2015 and "covers the studio's theatrical releases through 2019, which will be shown exclusively on Showtime Networks and its multiplex channels including SHOWTIME, THE MOVIE CHANNELTM and FLIX."[18]


# Title Year Star(s) Domestic Box Office
1 Problem Child 1990 John Ritter $53,470,891
2 Problem Child 2 1991 John Ritter $25,104,700
3 Shout 1991 John Travolta $3,547,684
4 Airheads 1994 Brendan Fraser, Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler $5,751,882
5 Billy Madison 1995 Adam Sandler $25,588,734
6 Happy Gilmore 1996 Adam Sandler $38,824,099
7 Bulletproof 1996 Damon Wayans, Adam Sandler $21,576,954
8 That Darn Cat 1997 Christina Ricci $18,301,610
9 Leave It to Beaver 1997 Christopher McDonald $10,925,060
10 Half Baked 1998 Dave Chappelle $17,460,020
11 The Wedding Singer 1998 Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore $80,245,725
12 Dirty Work 1998 Norm MacDonald $10,023,282
13 The Waterboy 1998 Adam Sandler $161,491,646
14 Big Daddy 1999 Adam Sandler $163,479,795
15 Screwed 2000 Norm Macdonald, Dave Chappelle $7027,345
16 Little Nicky 2000 Adam Sandler $39,464,775
17 Head over Heels 2001 Freddie Prinze, Jr. $10,424,470
18 See Spot Run 2001 David Arquette $33,357,476
19 Joe Dirt 2001 David Spade $27,087,695
20 Corky Romano 2001 Chris Kattan $23,980,304
21 Just Married 2003 Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy $56,127,162
22 Cheaper by the Dozen 2003 Steve Martin $138,614,544
23 Taxi 2004 Queen Latifah, Jimmy Fallon $36,611,066
24 Herbie: Fully Loaded 2005 Lindsay Lohan $66,023,816
25 Rebound 2005 Martin Lawrence $16,809,014
26 Yours, Mine and Ours 2005 Dennis Quaid $53,412,862
27 The Pink Panther 2006 Steve Martin, Beyoncé $82,226,474
28 The Shaggy Dog 2006 Tim Allen $61,123,569
29 License to Wed 2007 Robin Williams, John Krasinski $43,799,818
30 The Pink Panther 2 2009 Steve Martin $35,922,978
31 The Spy Next Door 2010 Jackie Chan $24,307,086
32 Furry Vengeance 2010 Brendan Fraser $17,630,465
33 This Means War 2012 Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy, Chris Pine $54,760,791



Name Format Network Year(s)
State of Affairs Drama NBC 2014 -
Problem Child Animated USA 1993-1994



  1. ^ Robert Simonds Jr., Anne Biondi – New York Times
  2. ^ Is This Hollywood's Next Major Studio?
  3. ^ a b Robert Simonds Movie Box Office Results
  4. ^ Robert Simonds – IMDb
  5. ^ Deadline Hollywood - What Does It Matter If All Costs Aren’t Calculated In?
  6. ^ a b "Is This Hollywood's Next Major Studio?" Deadline Anita Bush, March 13, 2014
  7. ^ "Dealmakers Impact Report" Variety Robert Marich December 9, 2014
  8. ^ "DreamWorks Animation Finance Exec To Join Robert Simonds’ STX Venture" Deadline Anita Busch August 19, 2014
  9. ^ "Adam Fogelson Hired as Motion Picture Head by STX" Deadline Anita Busch September 24, 2014
  10. ^ "Ex-Fox, Disney Marketer Oren Aviv Officially Joins Robert Simonds’ STX Venture" Deadline Anita Busch September 3, 2014
  11. ^ "Robert Simonds’ New Studio Taps Kevin Grayson To Head Domestic Distribution" Deadline Jen Yamoto September 13, 2014
  12. ^ "Summit Marketing Exec Jack Pan Moves To Robert Simonds’ Studio" Deadline September 30, 2014
  13. ^ "Oren Aviv Joins..." PR Newswire September 3, 2014 STX Release
  14. ^ Endeavor Global Board of Director
  15. ^ "....Acquired by STX" Deadline Nancy Tartaglione December 2, 2014
  16. ^ "IM Global Strategy Pays Off With Strong Sales On ‘Free State Of Jones’ & More – AFM" Nancy Tartaglione Deadline November 17, 2014
  17. ^ "Showtime, STX Entertainment Announce TV Deal and First Four Films" Rebecca Ford Deadline January 20, 2015
  18. ^ "STX Entertainment & Showtime Networks Partner On Multi-Year Premium Television Output Deal As STX Begins Production On Initial Slate Of Films" January 20, 2015
  19. ^ a b IMDb

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