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Benjamin Melniker

Benjamin Melniker

Benjamin Melniker has a long-standing relationship with DC Comics. He and producing partner Michael Uslan have been a part of all of the Batman-related features for film and television. He served as executive producer on Batman, directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton; Batman Returns, also directed by Burton, and starring Michelle Pfieffer, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton; Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jim Carrey, Tommy Lee Jones and Val Kilmer; and Batman and Robin, also directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Chris O'Donnell and George Clooney.

The next Batman project, Batman Begins, is currently in post-production with director Christopher Nolan and boasts an all-star cast including Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson, Katie Holmes and Gary Oldman. Melniker was also an executive producer on Catwoman, based on the character that originated in the Batman franchise and featuring Academy Award Winner Halle Berry as the feline lead Patience Phillips.

Melniker began his film career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and worked with the esteemed company for 30 years in various capacities, lastly as Executive Vice President of the company, a member of its Board of Directors and its Executive Committee, and Chairman of its Film Selection Committee. During his tenure at MGM, he was involved with some of the most memorable films ever made including Ben-Hur, starring Charlton Heston; David Lean's Dr. Zhivago and the musical Gigi.

He executive produced his first film, the action drama Mitchell, in 1975 and then followed that effort with the thriller Shoot starring Cliff Robertson and Ernest Borgnine.

In 1979, he began his long-standing working relationship with Michael Uslan. The two executive produced Swamp Thing, based on the enormously popular title published by DC Comics. The film was a success and spawned a sequel, The Return of the Swamp Thing, as well as two television series, one live action and one animated, based on the character.

The prolific producer has also achieved success in the world of television, with credits including the children's series Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?, Robin Cook's Harmful Intent, Batman: The Animated Series, Fish Police, Swamp Thing, Dinosaucers and the chilling PBS mini-series Three Sovereigns for Sister Sarah, based on the true story of the Salem Witch Trials.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Benjamin Melniker Facts

OccupationProducer

Selected Filmography

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