(Producer) first was associated with Martin Brest when he was director of
development at Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions and the director was preparing Beverly
Hills Cop. Later, Silver's first project as an executive at Universal
Studios was Brest's acclaimed comedy Midnight Run. Silver subsequently
collaborated with the director on Scent of a Woman and Meet
In October 1999, Silver
formed Casey Silver Productions, a motion picture company fully funded through
Universal Pictures. In addition to Gigli, the company has produced Hidalgo
directed by Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III, Jumanji) and starring Viggo
Mortensen as well as Ladder 49 starring John Travolta and Joaquin
Phoenix. The company has an additional 30 properties in various stages of
served as chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Pictures. In that
position, Mr. Silver was responsible for all divisions of Universal Pictures,
including its production, marketing and distribution operations. He supervised
all activities worldwide concerning Universal's partnerships with United
International and domestic distribution activities through Universal's
partnership with October Films.
oversaw Universal Studios Home Video, Universal Pictures Animation and Visual
Effects, and Universal Family & Home Entertainment Production, including
Universal Cartoon Studios.
During his tenure at
Universal, the studio developed, produced and released such critically acclaimed
films as Schindler's List, Shakespeare in Love, Apollo 13, Babe, Jurassic
Park, Out of Sight, Field of Dreams, The Nutty Professor, Twelve Monkeys,
Casper, In the Name of the Father, Do the Right Thing, Scent of a Woman,
Beethoven, Fried Green Tomatoes, Cape Fear, Backdraft, Born on the Fourth of
July, Parenthood, Midnight Run, The Mummy, Casino, American Pie, October Sky,
Erin Brockovich, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Gladiator and sequels to
the worldwide hits Jurassic Park and The Nutty Professor.
Prior to his
appointment as chairman in November 1995, Mr. Silver served as president,
Universal Pictures and before that, president of production, from January 1989
to June 1994. He joined Universal Pictures as executive vice president of
production in 1987.
Silver began his career
in the motion picture industry as a screenwriter. After serving as assistant to
director Adrian Lyne on Flashdance, he became director of development and
production for Simpson-Bruckheimer Productions, where he was instrumental in
developing the original Beverly Hills Cop. Prior to joining Universal, he
served for several years as TriStar Picture's vice president of production,
and was then promoted to senior vice president of production.
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