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Date: Thursday, May 25 2017 | Time: 8am-10:45am-ish | Check In: 7:20am

BILL MECHANIC

Chairman & CEO of Pandemonium Films

Academy Award® Nominated Producer (“Hacksaw Ridge”) &
Former Chairman & CEO of 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment

Bill Mechanic

BILL MECHANIC

Chairman & CEO of Pandemonium Films
Academy Award® Nominated Producer (“Hacksaw Ridge”) & Former Chairman &
CEO of 20th Century Fox Filmed Entertainment

Respected industry veteran and independent producer, BILL MECHANIC, who was nominated for an Academy Award® this year for “Hacksaw Ridge” (Best Picture), has a formidable and enviable resume by any standards in Hollywood. A former studio head, Mechanic has greenlit and/or been involved with some of the most iconic and critically-acclaimed films, generated billion dollar box office, over 40 Oscar nominations and two Oscar wins in the last two decades (“Cast Away,” “Titanic,” “Independence Day,” “Entrapment,” “Big Momma’s House,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition,” “Braveheart,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Speed,” “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” “The Full Monty,” “The X-Files,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet,” “Broken Arrow,” “Courage Under Fire,” “Soul Food,” “Waiting To Exhale” to list a few). Bill has also worked (and continues to work) with some of the biggest “A List” stars in Hollywood.

Through his company, Pandemonium Films, Bill Mechanic continues to produce high quality films with directors such as Paul Verhoeven and David Fincher.  Mechanic’s “Hacksaw Ridge,” based on a script by Randall Wallace, Robert Schenkkan and Andrew Knight, was directed by Mel Gibson and starred Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, and Teresa Palmer. He has completed production on “The Moon and The Sun” directed by Sean McNamara and starring Pierce Brosnan; is Executive Producer for 2:22, with Paul Currie directing and Teresa Palmer and Mickael Huissman starring; and about to begin prep on “Union Square,” a romantic comedy with Ben Lewin directing; and “The Divide,” a historical epic to star Gerard Butler and William Hurt, from a script by Mechanic, Werb & Colleary, and Christopher McQuarrie.

Through Pandemonium, he also produced the Oscar-nominated “Coraline (directed by Henry Sellick) and “The New World” (directed by Terence Malick) as well as “Dark Water” (directed by Walter Salles).  He co-produced the multi-Emmy nominated82nd Academy Awards” with Adam Shankman. In addition to Pandemonium, Mechanic serves on the Academy’s Board of Governors.

Prior to Pandemonium, Mechanic was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Filmed Entertainment for seven years. As Chairman and CEO, Mechanic oversaw all operations of the studio including worldwide feature film production, marketing and distribution activities, as well as all worldwide operations for Fox Video, Fox Interactive, Licensing and Merchandising, and Fox Music.

During Mechanic’s tenure at Fox, Mechanic revitalized the comic book genre with X MEN, the first successful adaptation in nearly a decade.  Under his reign, the company produced such hit films as “Cast Away,” “Titanic,” “Independence Day,” “Entrapment,” “Big Momma’s House,” “What Lies Beneath,” “Men Of Honor,” “Never Been Kissed,” “There’s Something About Mary,” “Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition,” “Braveheart,” “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Quills,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Speed,” “True Lies,” “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” “The Full Monty,” “Dr. Dolittle,” “The X-Files,” “Me Myself And Irene,” “The Thin Red Line,” “Ever After,” “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet,” “Broken Arrow,” “Courage Under Fire,” “Soul Food,” “Anastasia” and “Waiting To Exhale.”

Twentieth Century Fox also released “Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace,” the new chapter in George Lucas’ epic saga, in 1999. Greenlit by Mechanic, but released after his departure from Fox, were Baz Luhrmann’sMoulin Rouge,” Tim Burton’s reinterpretation of “Planet Of The Apes,” and Steven Spielberg’sMinority Report,” starring Tom Cruise, as well as sequels to the franchise projects Mechanic had greenlit, most notably the “X-Men” franchise.

Under Mechanic, Twentieth Century Fox in 1998 was the number one studio in worldwide box-office gross. That same year, Fox Music produced five of the top ten selling soundtracks: “Titanic,” “Hope Floats,” “Doctor Dolittle,” “Bulworth,” and “Ally McBeal.”  In addition, Fox has produced six of the top ten grossing movies of all time, and six of the top ten selling live action videos – both domestically and internationally – including the bestselling video in history, “Titanic.” For three years of Mechanic’s tenure, Fox produced the number one grossing movies worldwide with “Die Hard With A Vengeance,” “Independence Day” and “Titanic,” shared the Best Picture Oscar for two years (Braveheart and Titanic), and won the Best Actress Award for “Boys Don’t Cry.” In all, Fox earned 42 Oscar nominations and 2 Best Picture Oscars under Mechanic’s tenure.

BILL HAS AGREED TO A ONE-ON-ONE PRIVATE MEETING WITH A “LUCKY ATTENDEE.” Private meetings with guest speakers take place at a later date and are in the form of a lunch meeting, general meeting at his or her office or shadowing him or her for part of a day – whichever is more convenient for the guest speaker.

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