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John Davis

John Davis, Chairman of Davis Entertainment, is one of Hollywood's most prolific producers of major motion pictures and movies for television. His 60-plus film and television productions have earned more than $2 billion worldwide.

Davis' three divisions -- feature film, independent film, and television -- develop and produce film and television projects for the major studios, independent distributors, networks and cable broadcasters. The company, established in 1985, currently has a first-look production deal at 20th Century Fox, and has over 30 motion picture projects in development at the various major studios.

The company recently released the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care, also starring Steve Zahn, Jeff Garlin and Anjelica Huston. Davis next brings to the screen the classic comic strip and cartoon favorite Garfield in a live-action/CGI feature. The company is also currently in production on the Alex Proyas directed sci-fi thriller l, Robot starring Will Smith and on First Daughter starring Katie Holmes. Davis Entertainment is also developing Alien Vs. Predator, an action thriller combining the two classic creatures, and The Flight of the Phoenix, a retelling of the classic Robert Aldrich-directed film starring James Stewart.

Recent releases include the Fox/Davis~produced Life or Something Like It starring Angelina Jolie and the hit action film Behind Enemy Lines starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman. The Davis-produced feature Dr. Doolittle 2, starring Eddie Murphy, grossed over $113 million domestically, and Heartbreakers, starring Sigourney Weaver, Gene Hackman and Jennifer Love Hewitt, opened as the No. 1 film in the country.

Davis Entertainment Television recently produced the made-for-television movies The Jesse Ventura Story, Little Richard and Miracle at Midnight starring Sam Waterston. Davis' television department has series and made-for-television movies set up with all of the major television networks and cable broadcasters.

Davis produced or co-produced an impressive slate of motion pictures in the 1990s, including Dr. Doolittle starring Eddie Murphy, Out to Sea starring the venerable comic pair of Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon, the blockbuster The Firm starring Tom Cruise, which won a People's Choice Award for Best Dramatic Film, Grumpy Old Men, a People's Choice Award winner for Best Comedic Film, Grumpier Old Men pairing Matthau and Lemmon again, Courage Under Fire starring Denzel Washington and Meg Ryan, The Chamber, from John Grisham's bestseller, starring Gene Hackman and Chris O'Donnell, Daylight starring Sylvester Stallone, Waterworld starring Kevin Costner and Richie Rich starring Macaulay Culkin.

Davis' other feature producer credits include Predator, Predator 2, The Thing Called Love, Fortress, Gunmen, Storyville, Shattered, Little Monsters, The Last of the Finest, License to Drive, Three O'Clock High and The Hunted.

For television and cable, Davis produced Asteroid, the miniseries that received the highest ratings for a miniseries, telefilm or feature film presentation on television during the 1996-1997 season. Davis Entertainment also produced Volcano: Fire on the Mountain, the highly-rated movie of Truman Capote's One Christmas starring. Katharine,Ilepburn and the popular CBS movie This Can't Be Love starring Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn.

Davis' other television and cable credits include Tears and Laughter, The Last Outlaw, Silhouette, Voyage, Irresistible Force, Wild Card, Dangerous Passion, Curiosity Kills and Caught in the Act. Davis Entertainment Television is currently developing numerous series and event movies for network and cable outlets.

Davis was born and raised near Denver, Colorado. His obsession with film began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood movie theater, where he subsequently viewed up to 300 films a year. Davis graduated from Bowdoin College, attended Amherst College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

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