Anthony Katagas

Producer, 12 Years a Slave
Nominated for: Best Feature

ANTHONY KATAGAS has produced over 30 films in the last ten years and worked with a variety of innovative and Oscar-winning filmmakers, including Steve McQueen, Andrew Dominik, Paul Haggis, John Singleton, Wes Craven, James Gray, Vadim Pereiman, Lasse Hallstrom, Ben Younger, Nanette Burstein, Deny Arcand, Michael Almereyda and Sofia Coppola. In 1999, Katagas formed Keep Your Head Productions, committed to the development and production of home-grown New York films.

Through Keep Your Head, Katagas has produced films by visionary filmmaker Michael Almereyda: Happy Here and Now (IFC Films 2001), This So-Called Disaster (IFC Films 2002) and William Eggelston in the Real World (Palm Pictures 2005). Keep Your Head also produced Blackbird by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Adam Rapp (2007) and James Gray’s The Immigrant (The Weinstein Company 2013), which competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Next up for Keep Your Head is Cymbeline to be directed by Michael Alemreyda, starring Ethan Hawke, Milla Jovovich, and Ed Harris.

Katagas was nominated for an IFP Independent Spirit Award, honoring filmmakers who, despite limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity, and vision required to produce high- quality independent films. Since then, he has produced or executive-produced, Lasse Hallström’s The Hoax (Miramax 2006), Vadim Perelman’s The Life Before Her Eyes (Magnolia Pictures 2007), James Gray’s two Palme d’Or and César-nominated films We Own the Night (Columbia Pictures 2007), Marc Lawrence’s Did You Hear About The Morgans? (Columbia 2009), Wes Craven’s My Soul to Take (Universal 2010), Paul Haggis’ The Next Three Days (Lionsgate 2010) and John Singleton’s Abduction (Lionsgate 2011).

Most recently, Katagas has produced James Gray’s Two Lovers starring Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow; Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly starring Brad Pitt; James Gray’s The Immigrant starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner; and Rupert Goold’s True Story starring Jonah Hill and James Franco.