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      John Lesher

      John Lesher

      Highest Rated: 91% Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)

      Lowest Rated: 53% Blood Ties (2013)

      Birthday: May 12, 1966

      Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

      John Lesher displayed a particular knack for shepherding high-quality projects and talent in a variety of showcases, from talent agent to studio chief at Paramount and finally, as an Oscar-winning producer of such films as "Birdman" (2014). Born May 12, 1966 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lesher graduated from Harvard University in 1988 before launching his career as an agent at the Bauer-Benedek Agency. From there, Lesher moved to the United Talent Agency (UTA), where he become a partner and earned a reputation for cultivating and nurturing the careers of top and up-and-coming filmmakers. After 15 years at UTA - five of which as a partner in the firm - Lesher left UTA for Endeavor, where he counted among his clients such directors as Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Alejandro Iñárritu and Judd Apatow. In 2005, he was made head of Paramount Vantage, a new brand derived from Paramount Classics that produced and distributed arthouse-oriented titles. Under Lesher's aegis, the company produced such Oscar-winning pictures as Inarritu's "Babel" (2006), the Coen Brothers' "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" (2007). The success of these and other features led to Lesher's appointment in 2008 as President of Paramount Pictures, where he oversaw a slew of major features, including J.J. Abrams' reboot of the "Star Trek" (2008) franchise and David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008). Unfortunately, "Star Trek" was his only blockbuster - other hit titles released under the Paramount shingle during his tenure, like "Iron Man" (2008), were distribution titles made at other companies - while other projects, like the Mike Myers comedy "Love Guru" (2008) and "Imagine That" (2009) were dismal failures. Lesher was dismissed as Paramount president in the summer of 2009, but he rebounded quickly, forming his own production company, Le Grisbi, which released a slew of critical and box office hits between 2012 and 2014. Among their most popular efforts was "Birdman," which earned Lesher an Oscar for Best Picture in 2015. That same year, he became a partner in the production company LBI Entertainment.

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      John Lesher Emma Stone, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, John Lesher, Michael Keaton, award for best feature for BIRDMAN in the press room for 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2015 - Press Room, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA February 21, 2015. Photo By: James Atoa/Everett Collection FURY, from left: producers Bill Block, Alex Ott, John Lesher, on set, 2014. ph: Giles Keyte/©Columbia Pictures Entertainment

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      71% 74% Ferrari Producer $18.5M 2023
      63% 69% The Pale Blue Eye Producer - 2022
      74% 62% Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon Producer - 2021
      57% 42% The Beach Bum Producer $3.5M 2019
      57% 50% White Boy Rick Producer $24.0M 2018
      70% 76% Hostiles Producer $29.8M 2017
      73% 68% Black Mass Producer $62.6M 2015
      91% 78% Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Producer $42.3M 2014
      76% 84% Fury Producer $85.8M 2014
      53% 39% Blood Ties Producer $41.2K 2013
      85% 86% End of Watch Producer $41.0M 2012

      TV

      Credit
      88% 93% Tokyo Vice Executive Producer 2022 2024
      42% 64% The Premise Executive Producer 2021