Mark Johnson - Executive Producer
Mark Johnson won the Best Picture Academy Award for Barry Levinson's poignant 1988 drama Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman (Best Actor Oscar) and Tom Cruise.
His recent slate of motion pictures includes The Chronicles of Narnia franchise as well as Don't Be Afraid of the Dark written and co-produced by Guillermo del Toro and starring Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce. In the past, he has produced Nick Cassavetes' dramas My Sister's Keeper, starring Cameron Diaz, and The Notebook, based on Nicholas Sparks' best selling novel; Lance Hammer's Sundance award-winning film Ballast; the Tim Allen and Sigourney Weaver sci-fi comedy Galaxy Quest directed by Dean Parisot; The Rookie directed by John Lee Hancock; Mike Newell's gangster drama Donnie Brasco starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino; and Clint Eastwood's A Perfect World starring Kevin Costner.
Johnson produced all of the writer-director Barry Levinson's films from 1982-1994. In addition to Rain Man, their diverse slate of acclaimed features includes Good Morning Vietnam, The Natural, Tin Men, Toys, Young Sherlock Holmes, Avalon, Diner (their 1982 debut project, for which Levinson earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay), and Bugsy, nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. Bugsy also captured a Best Picture Golden Globe Award.
Johnson is currently in post-production on Of Men and Mavericks with Curtis Hanson directing and Gerard Butler starring. He's also finished Not Fade Away written and directed by David Chase, which will be released by Paramount Pictures, and Won't Back Down for Fox/Walden Media starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis and directed by Daniel Barnz. On the television side, he is preparing the Sundance Channel's first scripted series, Rectify, created by Ray McKinnon.
Johnson serves as the Chair of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Foreign Language Film Award Committee and as a Governor for the Producers' Branch.