JASON BATEMAN produces, directs, and acts in feature films
while continuing to produce, direct, write, and develop projects for television.
For his portrayal of Michael Bluth in the Mitch Hurwitz-created comedy series
Arrested Development, Mr. Bateman has been honored with a Golden Globe Award as
well as Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.
Among his notable films as actor are the smash Juno, directed by Academy
Award nominee Jason Reitman and written by Academy Award winner Diablo Cody;
Peter Berg's The Kingdom and Hancock; Kevin Macdonald's State of Play; Henry
Alex Rubin's Disconnect; Josh Gordon and Will Speck's The Switch; Zach Helm's
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium; and Up in the Air, again directed by Mr. Reitman.
He next stars in This Is Where I Leave You, directed by Shawn Levy, alongside
among others Tina Frey, Jane Fonda, and Kathryn Hahn of Bad Words.
He has starred in a host of hit movie comedies. These have included Seth
Gordon's Identity Thief, on which Mr. Bateman was also producer, and Horrible
Bosses; Peter Billingsley's Couples Retreat; Peyton Reed's The Break-Up; Rawson
Marshall Thurber's Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story; and Todd Phillips' Starsky
& Hutch. He is currently at work on Horrible Bosses 2, directed by Sean Anders.
In his adolescent years, Mr. Bateman's portrayal of the charming schemer
Derek Taylor in the television series Silver Spoons prompted NBC to create a new
show for him to star in, It's Your Move. He subsequently starred with Valerie
Harper and, later, Sandy Duncan in the show Valerie, which was retitled
Valerie's Family and then The Hogan Family.
As a child actor, his big break came when he was a cast as a series regular
on the iconic television drama Little House on the Prairie, with
director/producer/actor Michael Landon.
Mike Judge's film comedy Extract, in which Mr. Bateman starred, was made with
his F+A Productions. F+A has a first-look deal with Fox Television, through
which he develops projects to write and direct. He directed the pilot episode of
the series Do Not Disturb, and directed and produced the pilot The Merger. He
and his longtime friend and fellow Arrested Development actor Will Arnett
created the digital-driven DumbDumb Productions to produce commercials, shorts,
and original content for the Internet and for the film industry.
Mr. Bateman recently founded Aggregate Films, which has a first-look
partnership with Universal Pictures and Universal Television. Aggregate's
president, James Garavente, is an executive producer on Bad Words, which is the
company's first feature production. Aggregate's first television series, Growing
Up Fisher, starring Jenna Elfman and J.K. Simmons, debuts on NBC in February
Aggregate's next film project is The Family Fang, which Mr. Bateman will
direct and star in with Nicole Kidman. David Lindsay-Abaire has adapted the
screenplay from Kevin Wilson's bestselling novel of the same name.