Jason Blum

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Jason Blum
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Blum at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con
Born
Jason Ferus Blum

(1969-02-20) February 20, 1969 (age 51)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materVassar College
OccupationProducer
Years active1995–present
OrganizationBlumhouse Productions
Spouse(s)
Lauren A.E. Schuker
(m. 2012)

Jason Ferus Blum (/blʌm/;[1] born February 20, 1969)[2] is an American film and television producer. He is the founder and CEO of the eponymous Blumhouse Productions, which produced the horror franchises Paranormal Activity (2007–2015), Insidious (2010–2018), and The Purge (2013–2021). Blum has also produced critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, such as Sinister (2012), Oculus (2013), The Gift (2015), Hush (2016), Split (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Get Out (2017), Happy Death Day (2017), Upgrade (2018), Halloween (2018), Us (2019), and The Invisible Man (2020).

Blum received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture for producing Whiplash (2014), Get Out (2017), and BlacKkKlansman (2018).[3] He received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie for producing the drama film The Normal Heart (2014). He also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for the documentary miniseries The Jinx (2015).

Early life[edit]

Blum was born in Los Angeles, California,[4] the son of Shirley (née Neilsen) and Irving Blum. His mother was an art professor and his father was an independent art dealer and director of the Ferus Gallery.[5][6] His father was Jewish.[7][8] His mother was previously married to museum director Walter Hopps.[9][10]

Career[edit]

Blum worked for Bob and Harvey Weinstein as an executive at Miramax, and later as an independent producer for Paramount Pictures. Prior to his tenure at Miramax, Blum was a producing director at Ethan Hawke's Malaparte theater company.[11] Blum is a 1991 graduate of Vassar College.[12][13] He is a member of the board of trustees of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.[14]

He obtained financing for his first film as producer, Kicking and Screaming (1995), after receiving a letter from family acquaintance, entertainer Steve Martin, who endorsed the script. Blum attached the letter to copies of the script he sent around to Hollywood executives.[15]

Blumhouse Productions[edit]

In 2000, he founded Blumhouse Productions, which specializes in producing micro-budget movies that give directors full creative control over the projects.[11] Some of the films produced by Blum have been highly profitable, including horror film Paranormal Activity which was made for $15,000 and earned nearly $200 million.[16] NPR's Planet Money did a special podcast about how Blum's production house gets its success.[17]

Blum also produced Insidious (2010), Sinister (2012), The Purge (2013), and Happy Death Day (2017), all of which had successful sequels.[18] In 2014, he served as an executive producer on the television film The Normal Heart, which went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. In 2015, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series for HBO's The Jinx. Blum produced the feature films BlacKkKlansman, Whiplash and Get Out, all of which earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Picture.[3]

In 2018, Blum said in an interview that the reason no woman had ever directed one of his horror films was that "there are not a lot of female directors (...) and even less who are inclined to do horror."[19] After much criticism on social media, in which lists of such directors were circulated,[20] he apologized for what he called his "dumb comments."[21] In 2019, Sophia Takal directed and co-wrote the studio's horror remake Black Christmas, which opened on December 13, the studio's first released film by a female director.[22]

Other ventures[edit]

On August 14, 2020, Daily Front Row listed Blum as one of a group of high profile investors who purchased W magazine, a troubled fashion magazine.[23]

Personal life[edit]

On July 14, 2012, Blum married journalist Lauren A.E. Schuker in Los Angeles.[5]

In July 2019, he bought a Brooklyn Heights townhouse for $9.8 million.[24]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Executive producer

Year Title Notes
2002 Hysterical Blindness TV movie
2012 The River 8 episodes
2013 Stranded 6 episodes
2014 The Normal Heart TV movie
Ascension Miniseries
2015 Eye Candy 10 episodes
The Jinx Miniseries
South of Hell 8 episodes
Hellevator 12 episodes
2015–2016 #15SecondScare 14 episodes
2016 Judgment Day: Prison or Parole? 3 episodes
12 Deadly Days 12 episodes
2017 Election Day: Lens Across America TV movie
Cold Case Files 10 episodes
2018 Run for Your Life TV pilot
Ghoul Miniseries
Sharp Objects Miniseries
Sacred Lies 20 episodes
Tremors TV pilot
2019 Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt For Justice 6 episodes
No One Saw a Thing 6 episodes
Liberty: Mother of Exiles TV movie
2018–present Into the Dark 22 episodes
2018–2019 The Purge 20 episodes
2020 Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections TV movie
Betaal 4 episodes
A Wilderness of Error 5 episodes
The Good Lord Bird Miniseries
TBA
The Horror of Dolores Roach In development
Wolves and Villagers In development
Upgrade In development

As Producer

Year Title Notes
2009 Washingtonienne TV pilot
2019 The Loudest Voice Miniseries

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result
2010 25th Independent Spirit Awards Best First Feature Paranormal Activity Nominated
2014 66th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Television Movie The Normal Heart Won
2015 72nd Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
26th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Long-Form Television Nominated
Best Theatrical Motion Picture Whiplash Nominated
4th AACTA International Awards Best Film Nominated
30th Independent Spirit Awards Best Film Nominated
87th Academy Awards Best Picture Nominated
67th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series The Jinx Won
2016 27th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Non-Fiction Television Won
2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards 2017 Best Feature Get Out Nominated
2018 75th Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy Nominated
29th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Theatrical Motion Picture Nominated
33rd Independent Spirit Awards Best Film Won
90th Academy Awards Best Picture Nominated
Gotham Independent Film Awards 2018 Breakthrough Series – Long Form Sharp Objects Nominated
2019 76th Golden Globe Awards Best Motion Picture – Drama BlackKklansman Nominated
Best Miniseries or Television Film Sharp Objects Nominated
30th Producers Guild of America Awards Best Limited Series Television Nominated
Best Theatrical Motion Picture BlackKklansman Nominated
72nd British Academy Film Awards Best Film Nominated
91st Academy Awards Best Picture Nominated
71st Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Limited Series Sharp Objects Nominated
2020 77th Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film The Loudest Voice Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five Favorite Horror Films: Jason Blum". Rotten Tomatoes. October 15, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  2. ^ "Interview Jason Blum". Dorkshelf. February 20, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Oscar Nominations: 'Grand Budapest Hotel' & 'Birdman' Lead Way With 9 Noms; 'Imitation Game' Scores 8". Deadline. January 15, 2015.
  4. ^ Bhattacharji, Alex (July 16, 2018). "How Producer Jason Blum is Disrupting Hollywood". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved September 20, 2018. closed access
  5. ^ a b "Weddings/Celebrations - Lauren Schuker and Jason Blum". The New York Times. July 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Blums". Dictionary of Art Historians.
  7. ^ Stromberg, David (March 28, 2008). "The Forgotten Warhol". Haaretz. In fact, the first person to present Andy Warhol as a visual, as opposed to commercial, artist was a Jew named Irving Blum, who in 1962 exhibited - and then bought for himself - the entire original series of Warhol's Campbell's Soup can paintings.
  8. ^ Klug, Lisa (June 23, 2016). "Who said Jews run Hollywood? Inaugural list of 100 prominent players in Tinseltown shows a lack of diversity -- and a whole lot of MOT". Times of Israel.
  9. ^ "White Men Can't Paint! by Charlie Finch". Artnet Magazine.
  10. ^ Drohojowska-Philp, Hunter (November 4, 2013). "Art Dealer Irving Blum on Andy Warhol and the 1960s L.A. Art Scene (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  11. ^ a b "About Blumhouse Productions". Blumhouse.com. Archived from the original on June 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Lynn Hirschberg. "Producer Jason Blum Is Taking Hollywood By Storm With Horror Movies". W. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "How I Made It: Jason Blum, film producer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  14. ^ "Academy Museum Names New Board of Trustees | Hollywood Reporter". www.hollywoodreporter.com. Retrieved August 31, 2020.
  15. ^ "I am Jason Blum, producer of Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious: Chapter2". Reddit. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2013.
  16. ^ "Paranormal Activity (2007)". Box Office Mojo.
  17. ^ Henn, Steve; Vanek Smith, Stacey (March 29, 2017). "Episode 650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out". NPR. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "Q&A: Producer Jason Blum talks "OUIJA", "PURGE 3", "CURVE" & More…". Fangoria. February 4, 2015. Archived from the original on February 4, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2015.
  19. ^ Patches, Matt (October 18, 2018). "Blumhouse has never produced a theatrically released horror movie directed by a woman — but hopes to". Polygon. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  20. ^ Nyren, Erin (October 18, 2018). "Jason Blum Says He's Meeting With Women Directors After Claiming 'There Aren't a Lot'". Variety. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  21. ^ Lussier, Germain (October 19, 2018). "Halloween Producer Jason Blum Has Apologized for His Ridiculous Comments About Women Directors". io9. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  22. ^ Kohn, Eric (December 7, 2018). "Blumhouse Hires Another Woman Director: Sophia Takal's All-Female Horror Movie".
  23. ^ Freya Drohan (August 14, 2020). "Investor Group including Karlie Kloss and Kaia Gerber acquire W magazine". Daily Front Row. Retrieved October 4, 2020. Kirsten Green, a venture capitalist who notably bet early on Glossier and Warby Parker, Dara Treseder, the SVP, head of global marketing and communications at Peloton, film and TV producer Jason Blum, and investment banker Aryeh B. Bourkoff are also among the investor group.
  24. ^ Keil, Jennifer Gould (July 24, 2019). "Producer Jason Blum shells out $10M for Brooklyn townhouse". NY Post. Retrieved August 11, 2019.

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