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Oren Koules
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Oren Koules

Oren Koules co-founded Evolution Entertainment with Mark Burg, former president of Island Pictures, as a management/production company representing actors, writers and directors. The company has a first-look deal with DreamWorks Television. Together the pair most recently produced John Q for New Line Cinema. The Nick Cassavetes-directed film starring Denzel Washington grossed over $70 million in domestic box office.

The duo also produced the Jim Toback-directed feature Black and White, starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr. and Brooke Shields, as well as Lockdown, starring Richard T. Jones and Gabriel Casseus. The film was helmed by John Luessenhop and garnered critical acclaim at both the Toronto Film Festival and the Hollywood Black Film Festival.

Other producing credits include Good Advice, directed by Steve Rash and starring Charlie Sheen, Angie Harmon and Denise Richards. Koules also produced the 1996 New Line Cinema hit film Set It Off, which was directed by F. Gary Gray and starred Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah and Blair Underwood. The film was made for under $10 million and grossed over $36 million. In addition to the success of the film, the soundtrack has achieved double platinum status on Elektra Records.

Prior to Evolution Entertainment, Koules served as Senior Vice President of Production for Paramount Pictures and also produced Mrs. Winterbourne, starring Shirley Maclaine, Ricki Lake and Brendan Fraser. He also co-founded Peak Productions in 1995 with Dale Pollack, where the duo produced two studio releases in eighteen months.

Evolution Entertainment's upcoming credits include If You Were My Girl for Warner Bros, a remake of the 1987 romantic comedy, which will star Nick Cannon and Steve Harvey. The company is also producing the remake of the 1987 hit comedy Can't Buy Me Love.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

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