Jay Kanter

Executive, Producer, Agent
A former MCA agent for twenty years, Jay Kanter entered film production when that agency was dissolved. After producing the films "Villain" and "The Nightcomers" (both 1971), "X Y and Z" and "Fear Is the Key" (both ... Read more »
Born: 12/12/1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Producer (3)

Fear Is the Key 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

X Y & Zee 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Villain 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (2)

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

A former MCA agent for twenty years, Jay Kanter entered film production when that agency was dissolved. After producing the films "Villain" and "The Nightcomers" (both 1971), "X Y and Z" and "Fear Is the Key" (both 1972) with Elliott Kastner and Alan Ladd Jr., he joined the latter in 1975 at 20th Century-Fox. He subsequently worked with Ladd as a production executive at The Ladd Co., MGM/UA and Pathe before his appointment in 1991 to the number two spot as chief operating officer of MGM-Pathe under his longtime colleague. In 1994, Kanter resigned and set up his own independent production company.

Relationships

Kit Kanter

Wife

Adam Kanter

Son
works at CAA

Milestones

1994

Resigned from MGM; formed independent production company

1991

Named COO (in addition to duties as chairman of production) of MGM-Pathe, later MGM Communications

1989

Became chairman of production of Pathe Entertainment Co.

1986

Appointed president of production worldwide at MGM Pictures Inc.

1985

Named president of worldwide production, UA

1984

Joined MGM/UA Entertainment Co. As president of worldwide production in the motion picture division

1979

Named vice president of The Ladd Co.

1978

Rose to senior vice president of worldwide production, 20th Century-Fox

1976

Named senior vice president, 20th Century-Fox

1975

Joined 20th Century-Fox as vice president of production

1972

Named president, First Artists Production Co., Ltd.

1970

Produced first feature, "Villain"

Began career as an agent with MCA, Inc.; eventually became vice president

Became European production head for Universal when MCA dissolved; resigned after twenty years (with MCA/Universal) to become an independent producer with Elliott Kastner

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