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Hollywood icon Brian Grazer is an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy award-winning producer and New York Times Bestselling Author. Grazer is behind iconic films and cult favorite shows including A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, Friday Night Lights, 8 Mile, 24, Arrested Development, Empire, Splash and Parenthood. His work has been nominated for 43 Oscars and 195 Emmys. Imagine Entertainment continues to produce some of the most beloved movies, documentaries and television shows of our time.
Named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Grazer co-founded Imagine along with his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard. They quickly grew it to become one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful production companies. Heralded as a creative visionary and entertainment powerhouse, and described by Russell Crowe in TIME as "a modern-age hunter-gatherer of information," Grazer is renowned for his uncanny prescience, curiosity, and innovative insight.
Imagine’s newest endeavor is a start-up called Impact, a talent accelerator whose mission is to democratize access to Hollywood. The goal is to find, identify, and sign the most talented writer creators in the world — people who may not have access to the entertainment industry. Impact uses machine learning to sort through a flood of undiscovered talent to find the storytellers and scriptwriters with the highest potential. The chosen class undergoes a boot camp where top Hollywood talent mentors and helps them refine their scripts. The program culminates in a pitch day with every buyer (studios, streamers and networks) in attendance.
Coming from modest means and growing up with dyslexia, Grazer's rise to a mogul in the pantheon of Hollywood is an empowering story of resilience and ingenuity. The secret to Grazer's success and distinct outlook are chronicled in his #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, which reveals why curiosity is our superpower to lead bigger and more rewarding lives. His latest book, Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection, reveals yet another key to happiness and success: the transformative power of eye contact.
Grazer feels passionate about creating good in the world, and has been honored for his global humanitarian work by several organizations including the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation, the Alfred Mann Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, World of Children and the Atlantic Council. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Google to Goldman Sachs, SXSW to the Aspen Institute, Grazer has helped everyone from parents to CEOs to artists to young graduates hone the mindset, philosophy, and skills needed to thrive in turbulent times.
Grazer and his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard are renowned as being one of the longest running partnerships in Hollywood.
I turn great ideas into movies, television series, documentaries. I've been in Hollywood for 40 years, and there is so much more to "making it" than meets the eye. I will give you candid advice on your project and how to navigate Hollywood.
I'm attracted by people who not only have a great story idea - but who can talk about why they are uniquely qualified to tell that story. Do you have a fascinating personal story? Do you have a true story? Or one that's based on a true story? A fresh perspective or unique angle on something? Perhaps you have an underdog story?
I am most interested in stories that revolve around human themes of empowerment including but not limited to love, self actualization, family, human capacity, genius.
Note that I do not make horror stories.
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