Don't Say a Word - About the Filmmakers - Arnon Milchan

Last Update: 24 September 2001

ARNON MILCHAN (Producer) is widely renowned as one of the most prolific and successful independent film producers of the past 20 years, with over sixty feature films to his credit. Born in Israel, Milchan was educated at the London School of Economics and the University of Geneva. His first business venture was to transform 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 an area 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 eighties, 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 success 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," "Pushing Tin," "Tigerland," "Joy Ride," "Fight Club" and the box-office hit "Big Momma's House."

Upcoming projects include "Black Knight," a comedy starring Martin Lawrence; "High Crimes," starring Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Jim Caviezel and Amanda Peet; "Joe Somebody," a comedy starring Tim Allen; and "Life, Or Something Like It," a romantic comedy toplining Angelina Jolie and Edward Burns.
Along the way, Milchan brought on board some powerful investors and partners who shared his vision: Australian businessman Kerry Packer's Nine Network, Leo Kirch's Kirch Media Group, Samsung Electronics, and most recently Twentieth Century Fox. Fox distributes Regency movies in all media worldwide (excluding output arrangements Regency has in Germany, Italy and Korea with its other strategic partners), except U.S. pay television and international pay and free television.

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" and "Roswell"), music through the acquisition of Restless Records (Warren G), and sports through an alliance and significant equity investment in PUMA, the worldwide athletic apparel and shoe conglomerate based in Germany.

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