Arnon Milchan

Producer, 12 Years a Slave
Nominated for: Best Feature

ARNON MILCHAN is widely renowned as one of the most prolific and successful independent film producers of the past 25 years, with over 100 feature films to his credit. Born in Israel, Milchan was educated at the University of Geneva. His first business venture was transforming his father’s modest business into one of his country’s largest agro-chemical companies. This early achievement was a harbinger of Milchan’s now-legendary reputation in the international marketplace as a keen businessman.

Soon, Milchan began to underwrite projects in areas that had always held a special interest for him – film, television and theater. Early projects include Roman Polanski’s theater production of Amadeus, Dizengoff 99, La Menace, The Medusa Touch and the mini-series Masada. By the end of the 1980s, Milchan had produced such films as Martin Scorsese’s The King of Comedy, Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil.

After the huge successes of Pretty Woman and The War of the Roses, Milchan founded New Regency Productions and went on to produce a string of successful films including J.F.K., Sommersby, A Time to Kill, Free Willy, The Client, Tin Cup, Under Siege, L.A. Confidential, The Devil’s Advocate, The Negotiator, City of Angels, Entrapment, Fight Club, Big Momma’s House, Don’t Say a Word, Daredevil, Man on Fire, Guess Who, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Big Momma’s House 2, Alvin and The Chipmunks, The Fountain, Mirrors, Jumper, What Happens in Vegas, Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Love and Other Drugs, Big Momma’s House 3, Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked, and In Time.

Upcoming is Runner, Runner, a thriller starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake; Noah, an epic directed by Darren Aronofsky, starring Russell Crowe; and True Story, starring Jonah Hill and James Franco.

Along the way, Milchan brought on board two powerful investors and partners who share his vision: Nine Network and Twentieth Century Fox. Fox distributes Regency movies in all media worldwide, except in international pay and free television where Milchan has taken advantage of the growing television and new media marketplace. Milchan also successfully diversified his company’s activities within the sphere of entertainment, most specifically in the realm of television through Regency Television (“Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Bernie Mac Show” and “Windfall”) and sports where the company was at one time the largest shareholder of PUMA, the worldwide athletic apparel and shoe conglomerate based in Germany, which was later sold after a successful re-branding of the brand in 2003. In addition, Regency acquired the worldwide television rights to Women’s Tennis Association Tournaments from 1999 through 2012 and licensed these rights to Pan European Broadcaster Eurosport S.A. Regency owns a large stake in the Israeli Network, a television station brought to the United States via a satellite distribution agreement with Echostar and Regency also acquired a large stake in Channel 10, one of only two commercial broadcast stations in Israel.