Two-time Academy-Award® nominated film producer Richard Gladstein is the Founder & President of the Los Angeles-based motion picture production company FilmColony.
Currently, Gladstein is producer to writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s post-civil war western The Hateful Eight. The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Walt Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, and Channing Tatum. Shot on 70mm, the film was released in theaters on Christmas Day 2015.
Gladstein’s two Academy-Award® nominations for Best Picture of the Year were for his films The Cider House Rules and Finding Neverland. His other producer credits include: The Time Being, Expecting, Paper Man, Killshot, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, The Nanny Diaries, The Bourne Identity, She’s All That, HurlyBurly, The Crossing Guard, and 54 – amongst others. In addition, Gladstein has enjoyed a fruitful and extensive collaboration with Quentin Tarantino as Executive Producer on Tarantino’s first three films: Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown.
Gladstein’s 30 films, as either Producer or Executive Producer, have received a combined 22 Academy-Award® nominations and theatrical gross receipts in excess of US$1 Billion.
FilmColony was founded in 1995 and was engaged in several multi-year overhead and producing pacts with Miramax Films from 1995-2003 resulting in nine films made together.
Prior to the formation of FilmColony, Gladstein was Miramax Films’ Executive Vice President and Head of Production (1993 – 1995), supervising the company’s development and production activities and staff – resulting in such films as Flirting with Disaster, Smoke, Blue in the Face, Pret-a-Porter, From Dusk ‘til Dawn, Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead, Four Rooms, and Fresh – amongst others.
Prior to 1993, Gladstein was Vice President of Production & Acquisitions at LIVE Entertainment (1987 – 1992), the home video division of Carolco Pictures – resulting in the financing and distribution of such films as Bob Roberts, The Bad Lieutenant, Glengarry Glen Ross, The King of New York, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Drugstore Cowboy – amongst others.
Before relocating to Los Angeles in 1987, Gladstein lived in New York and worked as Director of Acquisitions & Marketing at Angelika Films; a Public Relations Executive at Ruder, Finn & Rotman; and a Production Assistant on various films and TV shows. Gladstein began in the mailroom at Dino De Laurentiis Corp.
Outside of the film business, Gladstein is deeply involved and committed to philanthropic endeavors to greatly reduce the prevalence of Jewish Genetic Diseases through education, awareness, and medical and scientific research. He is Co-Chair of the Jewish Genetic Disease Consortium and Founder & President of the Bloom’s Syndrome Foundation.
Gladstein serves on the National Board of Directors of the Producers Guild of America. He is a graduate of Boston University with a BS in Communications.
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