Michael Kuhn

Executive, Playwright
The former president and CEO of the PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Group, as well as executive vice president of the PolyGram, Group, Michael Kuhn is responsible for the company's U. S. operations as well as for all ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1950

Filmography

Producer (22)

Florence Foster Jenkins 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Suite Francaise 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Phantom Biker 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Last Days on Mars 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Duchess 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Severance 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Amateurs 2007 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Alien Autopsy 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wondrous Oblivion 2006 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kinsey 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Stage Beauty 2004 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Order 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Being John Malkovich 1999 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Red Rock West 1994 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Ruby 1992 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Daddy's Dyin'... Who's Got the Will? 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Fear, Anxiety, and Depression 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Kill Me Again 1989 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Blue Iguana 1988 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Private Investigations 1987 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Actor (1)

The House on Sorority Row 1982 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)
Other (23)

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Barb Wire 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Boys 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Eddie 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Fargo 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Kazaam 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Loch Ness 1996 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

French Kiss 1995 (Movie)

("Big Cheese") (Other)

Home for the Holidays 1995 (Movie)

"Big Cheese"((Baltimore)) (Other)

Moonlight and Valentino 1995 (Movie)

("Big Cheese") (Other)

Mr. Holland's Opus 1995 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Roommates 1995 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

S.F.W. 1995 (Movie)

("Big Cheese") (Other)

Four Weddings and A Funeral 1994 (Movie)

("Big Cheese") (Other)

Holy Matrimony 1994 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Jason's Lyric 1994 (Movie)

("Big Cheese") (Other)

Nell 1994 (Movie)

("Big Cheese") (Other)

Terminal Velocity 1994 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

The Air Up There 1994 (Movie)

("Big Cheese") (Other)

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Candyman 1992 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Drop Dead Fred 1991 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

The former president and CEO of the PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Group, as well as executive vice president of the PolyGram, Group, Michael Kuhn is responsible for the company's U. S. operations as well as for all media including film, TV, and video. Under his guidance PolyGram has become a force on the Hollywood and worldwide film scene, developing or distributing such efforts as "Four Weddings and a Funeral," which was nominated for the Academy Award for best picture in 1994, and "Wild at Heart," which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990. Born in East Africa and educated in law at Cambridge, Kuhn practiced entertainment law in London before joining PolyGram as assistant legal counsel in 1974. He was made a director of the company in 1978. During this period, he chaired the British Phonographic Industry's (BPI) Rights Committee, and was also a director of the Phonographic Performance Ltd., lecturing frequently on copyright matters and becoming and active protagonist in the BPI's lobby for a blank tape royalty. In 1982, Kuhn co-founded PolyGram Music Video, one of the first such operations to specialize in long-form music "films," and from 1983-1987, Kuhn was general counsel to the PolyGram Group worldwide. It was in 1987 that Kuhn was appointed senior vice president of the PolyGram Group with responsibilities for the new business division and in 1989 he was given the added responsibilities for the media division when it was formed, thus being responsible for the company's plunge into film production and distribution. Under Kuhn's watch, PolyGram also distributed "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" (1994), the Australian film about three drag queens in the Outback which was an international success. Other PolyGram releases have included "Jason's Lyric" (1994), "Nell" (1994), starring Jodie Foster, whose production company is under contract to PolyGram, and "French Kiss" (1995), starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline. PolyGram Filmed Entertainment, of which Kuhn is president and CEO, has investment/production deals with four companies, Foster's Egg Pictures, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner's Working Title, Interscope and Propaganda. PolyGram's U.S. domestic distribution entity was Gramercy Pictures. Kuhn is also a produced playwright, whose works, staged in London, include "Colony," "The Carpaccio Afficiavit," and "Rehearsals".

EDUCATION

University of Cambridge

Cambridge , England

Milestones

1994

Named president and CEO of PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

1993

Appointed executive vp, PolyGram Group

1987

Appointed senior vp, PolyGram Group

1982

Co-founded PolyGram Music Video

1974

Joined PolyGram UK as assistant legal advisor

Served as general counsel to the PolyGram Group

Practiced law with Denton, Hall & Burgin, London Entertainment firm

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