Graham King, CEO, GK Films
Oscar-winning producer Graham King has worked behind the scenes with the industry’s foremost creative talents on both major motion pictures and independent features. Over the last 30 years, King has produced or executive produced more than 45 films, grossing $1.2 billion at the domestic box office, and over $2.5 billion worldwide. Also heralded by critics and film groups, his films have been nominated for 61 Academy Awards®, 38 Golden Globe Awards, and 52 British Academy Film Awards.
Most recently, King acted as an executive producer on the Paramount Pictures’ action thriller WORLD WAR Z starring Brad Pitt. The film grossed over $540 million worldwide and was named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10 Films of the Year. Prior to that, King acted as executive producer on the Warner Bros.’ historical drama ARGO. The film won the Academy Award®, Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, and BAFTA for Best Picture. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, ARGO was named as one of the Top 10 Films of the Year at the AFI Awards and by the Nation Board of Review, while also appearing on over 150 other critics’ lists of the top ten films of 2012.
In 2011, King served as a producer on several diverse films. He received Best Picture Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations as a producer on Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed fantasy adventure HUGO. HUGO received 11 total Academy Award® nominations, the most of any film that year. HUGO also appeared on over 200 Critics’ lists of the Top 10 films of 2011. King also produced Gore Verbinski’s animated comedy RANGO, featuring the voice of Johnny Depp in the title role, which won an Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. That same year, he produced Angelina Jolie’s feature directorial debut, IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY, which received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. This marked the first time a producer had been nominated for Best Picture Golden Globes in three different categories, drama, animated film and foreign language film, in the same year. King was also a producer on Tim Burton’s gothic supernatural thriller DARK SHADOWS, starring Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Eva Green and Helena Bonham Carter.
King previously won a Best Picture Oscar as a producer on Scorsese’s 2006 crime drama THE DEPARTED, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg. The film won a total of four Academy Awards®, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
King received his first Best Picture Academy Award® nomination, and won a Best Film BAFTA Award, for his producing work on Scorsese’s widely praised Howard Hughes biopic THE AVIATOR, starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Additionally, he was honored by the Producers Guild of America (PGA) with the Golden Laurel Award as Producer of the Year.
King has a number of projects forthcoming, including a big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, JERSEY BOYS directed by multi-Oscar®-winner Clint Eastwood with Warner Bros., the highly anticipated franchise reboot of TOMB RAIDER, first made popular starring Angelina Jolie, the untitled FREDDIE MERCURY STORY, and an original screenplay written by Steven Knight.
King’s earlier producing credits include the romantic thriller THE TOURIST, pairing Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie; Ben Affleck’s crime drama THE TOWN, starring Affleck and Jeremy Renner; Martin Campbell’s thriller EDGE OF DARKNESS, starring Mel Gibson; the historical drama THE YOUNG VICTORIA, starring Emily Blunt; and the drama BLOOD DIAMOND, starring DiCaprio. In addition, he served as a co-executive producer on Scorsese’s Oscar-nominated epic drama GANGS OF NEW YORK, starring DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz.
King was previously the President and CEO of Initial Entertainment Group, which he founded in 1995. During King’s tenure at IEG, he served as an executive producer on such films as Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning ensemble drama TRAFFIC; Michael Mann’s biographical drama ALI, starring Will Smith in the title role; and THE DANGEROUS LIVES OF ALTAR BOYS, produced by and starring Jodie Foster. King also went on to executive produce the television miniseries TRAFFIC, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Miniseries.
A native of the United Kingdom, King moved to the United States in 1982 and was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2009.