Jon Davison

Producer, Second unit director
A producer of comic and futuristic theatrical fare who came out of Roger Corman's New World low-budget factory, Jon Davison made a name for himself apart from Corman as producer of the comedy hit "Airplane!" (1980) and ... Read more »
Born: 07/20/1949 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Producer (16)

Searchers 2.0 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Starship Troopers 2 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Producer

The 6th Day 2000 (Movie)

(Producer)

Starship Troopers 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trapped in Paradise 1994 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robocop 3 1993 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

White Dog 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robocop 2 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Robocop 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Top Secret! 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Twilight Zone - the Movie 1983 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

(Producer)

Piranha 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grand Theft Auto 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Hollywood Boulevard 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big Bad Mama 1974 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)
Director (2)

The Howling 1981 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

2nd unit director (Director)
Actor (2)

That Guy Dick Miller 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Machete Maidens Unleashed! 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Other (1)

Robocop: The Series 1993 - 1995 (TV Show)

Creative Consultant

Biography

A producer of comic and futuristic theatrical fare who came out of Roger Corman's New World low-budget factory, Jon Davison made a name for himself apart from Corman as producer of the comedy hit "Airplane!" (1980) and of the "Robocop" series of films. Davison studied at NYU's Film Institute where Martin Scorsese was one of his instructors. While at NYU, Davison staged film retrospectives at the famed Fillmore East in the East Village. His NYU classmate, director Jonathan Kaplan, suggested Davison move to L.A. where Davison rewrote a script for Corman which led to his becoming Corman's advertising and publicity director at New World. By 1974, Davison was an associate producer on "Big Bad Mama", starring Angie Dickinson, and later was second unit director on both "Rock 'n Roll High School" (1979) and "The Howling" (1980). Davison struck out on his own at Paramount producing "Airplane!", the first parody by the Zucker Brothers and Jim Abrahams. Still based at Paramount, Davison produced "White Dog" (1982), about a girl (Kristy McNichol) who takes in a dog unaware it has been trained to kill African Americans, and "Top Secret!" (1984), an Elvis Presley espionage parody by the Zucker Brothers and Abrahams. After a dry spell, Davison executive produced "Robocop" (1987), the hit film about a cyborg law enforcer, and went on to produced it sequel "Robocop 2" (1990) and executive produce "Robocop 3" (1993) as well as consulting on the 1994 TV series version. Davison produced "Trapped in Paradise" (1994), with Nicholas Cage, Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey as larcenous brothers, and, in 1996 gathered some of the up-and-coming actors of the 90s (Jake Busey, Dina Meyer) to be in the cast of Paul Verhoeven's futuristic "Starship Troopers" (1997).

EDUCATION

Institute of Film and TV, New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

1996

Produced "Starship Troopers"

1990

Produced the sequel "Robocop 2"

1987

Was executive producer of "Robocop"

1980

First film as producer not under the New World banner, "Airplane!"

1980

Left New Wold Pictures

1977

Produced "Grand Theft Auto", the directorial debut of Ron Howard

1974

First film as associate producer (for Roger Corman's New World Pictures), "Big Bad Mama"

1972

Joined New World Pictures as director of advertising and publicity

1972

Named to head production at New World Pictures

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