Prior to his accomplishments behind the camera, Reuther started his career behind a desk at the William Morris Agency (1974-82) with a client list that included such notable Oscar winners as Goldie Hawn, Jon Voight, William Holden and Sally Field. Leaving the agency arena to pursue a career in film development and production, he served briefly as vice-president at Galactic Films where he collaborated with director Adrian Lyne on his erotic 1985 hit, 9 1/2 Weeks, earning his first screen credit as associate producer. He segued to RKO Pictures (1984-86), where he oversaw production on Fred Schepisi's drama Plenty with Meryl Streep and Sam Neill, as well as the Vietnam War drama Hamburger Hill, which introduced moviegoers to such future stars as Don Cheadle, Dylan McDermott and Steven Weber. Moving onto Vestron Pictures (1986-89), Reuther executive produced the box-office smash Dirty Dancing in addition to such films as The Promised Land, Love Hurts, Backtrack, And God Created Woman and Hider in the House.
Reuther next partnered with Arnon Milchan in New Regency Films (1989-94), where he developed Sidney Lumet's comedy-drama Family Business and Danny DeVito's dark comedy War of the Roses starring Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas. He reunited with Lumet on the searing cop drama Q&A, collaborated with Irwin Winkler on his blacklist drama Guilty By Suspicion and produced the romantic comedy blockbuster Pretty Woman, which earned Julia Roberts her first Best Actress Oscar nomination.
During his tenure with New Regency, he also produced The Mambo Kings, Boys on the Side and Sommersby while executive producing or overseeing such successful projects as Oliver Stone's JFK and Natural Born Killers and Joel Schumacher's Falling Down, on which he re-teamed with star Douglas. Along with the Oscar-winning actor-producer, Reuther established Douglas/Reuther Productions (serving as the company's President and CEO from 1994-97). Together, they executive produced such films as Face/Off starring John Travolta and Nicolas Cage and The Ghost and the Darkness pairing actor Douglas with Val Kilmer. He also produced The Rainmaker based on John Grisham's bestseller, with an ensemble cast featuring Matt Damon, former client Voight and actor DeVito.
In 1998, Reuther set up Bel Air Entertainment, a co-venture with Warner Bros. Studios and European media giant Canal Plus. Over the past five years, Reuther has produced such films as Andy Davis' actioner Collateral Damage, Pat O'Connor's romantic drama Sweet November, Chain of Fools and Pay It Forward. He also executive produced Ready to Rumble, The Replacements, Taylor Hackford's Proof of Life, The Husband That I Bought and Rock Star, on which he first worked with director Stephen Herek.
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