Sid Ganis

Executive, Publicity director, Staff writer
Experienced executive who has worked successfully with many of Hollywood's major studios, most often in the areas of marketing and publicity. Starting out with Twentieth Century-Fox as a staff writer and contact person ... Read more »
Born: 01/07/1940 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Stephen Verona: Self Portrait 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stars In Shorts 2012 (Movie)

(Not Your Time) (Actor)

Pan Am 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

You Don't Mess With the Zohan 2008 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Akeelah and the Bee 2006 (Movie)

Regional Pronouncer (Actor)

Click 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Bergman (Actor)

Anger Management 2003 (Movie)

Neighbor (Actor)

Mr. Deeds 2002 (Movie)

Homeless Man (Actor)

Little Nicky 2000 (Movie)

Weatherman (Actor)

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

LA Stringer (Actor)
Producer (9)

Akeelah and the Bee 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mr. Deeds 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Master of Disguise 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Big Daddy 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Heroes and Sidekicks -- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Great Movie Stunts: Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Making of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Executive (4)

Iron Man 2 2010 (Movie)

Creative Committee(Marvel Studios) (Creative Executive)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

Creative Committee(Marvel) (Creative Executive)

Iron Man 2008 (Movie)

Creative Committee(Marvel) (Creative Executive)

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive

Biography

Experienced executive who has worked successfully with many of Hollywood's major studios, most often in the areas of marketing and publicity. Starting out with Twentieth Century-Fox as a staff writer and contact person, Ganis later held positions with Columbia, Seven Arts and Warner Brothers, where he finally achieved executive status in 1977. Along the way he had more direct contact with filmmaking via production and publicity work on such films as "There Was a Crooked Man" (1970) and "Mame" (1973). Ganis later left Warner Brothers for a position at Lucasfilm where he was responsible for marketing "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), "Return of the Jedi" (1983) and the first two installments of the "Indiana Jones" trilogy. He achieved his greatest clout as president of the Paramount Motion Picture Group where he helped launch "Top Gun" (1986) and "Fatal Attraction" (1987), and in a senior position as part of Columbia's overall management team. The position at Columbia closed a circle of sorts for Ganis, given that nearly three decades earlier he had worked for the studio as a contact man. From March 1992 until July 1996, Ganis served as executive vice president of Columbia Pictures and president of both marketing and distribution for Columbia. Next he formed a lucrative association with comedian Adam Sandler, producing the comic's hit films "Big Daddy" (1999) and "Mr. Deeds" (2002), as well as teaming with Sandler to produce the films "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" (1999) and "The Master of Disguise" (2002). In 2005 Ganis was elected to his first term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

Relationships

Chloe Ganis

Daughter

Kristina Ganis

Daughter

Nancy Ganis

Wife

EDUCATION

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn , New York

Milestones

2005

Elected in his first term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

1996

Left Columbia in July; formed production company, Out of the Blue Productions; signed production deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment

1992

Named executive vice president of Columbia Pictures and Columbia's president of marketing and distribution in March; relinquished duties as executive vice president of Sony Pictures Entertainment

1991

Moved to Columbia Pictures as executive vice president

1988

Named president, Paramount Motion Picture Group

1986

Joined Paramount Pictures as president of worldwide marketing

1979

Served as senior vice president, Lucasfilm Ltd.

1977

Named vice president, worldwide advertising and publicity, for Warner Brothers

1976

Made cameo appearance in feature film, "All the President's Men"

1974

Became director of advertising, Warner Brothers

1973

Director of ad publicity for feature film, "Mame", released by Warner Brothers

1969

Became studio publicity director, Cinema Center Films

1969

Served as an assistant to the producers of feature film, "There Was a Crooked Man"

1968

Appointed production publicity manager, Warners-Seven Arts

1965

Joined Seven Arts Productions as publicity manager

1961

Worked as a staff writer, newspaper and wire service contact for 20th Century-Fox

Radio, TV contact and special projects, Columbia Pictures

Formed a lucrative association with comedian Adam Sandler, producing the comic's hit films "Big Daddy" (1999) and "Mr. Deeds" (2002)

Bonus Trivia

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Ganis is a board of directors member to University Art Museum, Berkeley CA (1986)

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