Jonathan Taplin

Producer, Executive, Investment banker
Beginning his career as the road manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, Jonathan Taplin went on to become the producer of such innovative films as Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" (1973), as well as the investment banker ... Read more »
Born: 07/17/1947 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Producer (14)

Cadillac Desert 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Native Americans 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

To Die For 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

K2 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

My Science Project 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Under Fire 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Carny 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Last Waltz 1978 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Gravy Train 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mean Streets 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)
Director (1)

1968: 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director
Actor (1)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Beginning his career as the road manager for Bob Dylan and The Band, Jonathan Taplin went on to become the producer of such innovative films as Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" (1973), as well as the investment banker responsible for the Bass Brothers acquiring 21 percent of The Walt Disney Company.

A graduate of Princeton, Taplin began his involvement in the music business and soon moved beyond road managing Dylan to producing (with George Harrison) the famed "Concert for Bangladesh" in 1971. By 1973, he had segued to the film business, producing "Mean Streets", which not only launched Scorsese as a director, but also Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel as actors. Taplin worked with Warner Bros. for several years, then moved over to Columbia to produce "The Gravy Train" (1974). He joined with Scorsese again to produce The Band's concert film, "The Last Waltz" (1978), which Scorsese also directed. Taplin then turned executive, becoming president of Lions Gate Films from 1979 until 1983, purchasing the company from director Robert Altman in 1981. During that time, he oversaw the political thriller "Under Fire" (1982), as well as executive producing one of Jodie Foster's lesser works, "Carny" (1980).

Taplin left producing in 1984 to become a vice president at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking, Los Angeles, although two of his films, "Baby: The Secret of the Lost Legend", about a dinosaur hatched in present day, and "My Science Project", a high school farce, were released in 1985. Still, Taplin stayed on the investment side through 1988, the last year as chair and CEO of Berkey, Inc., a film investment firm based in Greenwich, Connecticut. He then formed Trans Pacific Films, an international film development and production company with Japanese associations, which has remained his base. Trans Pacific, with Warner Bros., offered Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World" and "K2" (both in 1991). Taplin was also executive producer of Gus Van Sant's satirical "To Die For" (1995).

His TV work has been sporadic, but Taplin executive produced (through Lions Gate) the pioneering pay TV series "Faerie Tale Theatre" (Showtime, 1982-87) with Shelley Duvall. He has executive produced several informational miniseries for the medium, including PBS' "Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power" (1993), and "The First Americans" about Native Americans for Ted Turner's Superstation TBS in 1994.

Relationships

Charles Farrand Taplin

Father

Constance Willare Taplin

Mother

Blythe Taplin

Daughter

Daniela Taplin

Daughter

Nicholas Taplin

Son

Lesley Glib

Wife
married in 1980 divorced c. 1993

Rosana Soto

Wife
married in 1974 divorced in 1978 later married writer-director David S Ward

EDUCATION

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1969

Milestones

1995

Was executive producer of "To Die For"

1994

Produced PBS miniseries "The First Americans"

1991

Returned to active production with Wim Wenders' "Until the End of the World"

1988

Formed Trans Pacific Films

1982

Produced Shelley Duvall's Showtime series "Faerie Tale Theatre"

1981

Acquired Lions Gate Films from Robert Altman

1979

Served as president of Lions Gate Films

1973

Made debut as film producer with Martin Scorcese's "Mean Streets"

1970

Produced "The Concert for Bangladesh" with George Harrison

Left show business to become a vice-president at Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in Los Angeles

Began career in show business as tour manager for Bob Dylan and The Band

Named managing partner, First Media

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