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Richard P. Rubinstein
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Richard P. Rubinstein

Richard P. Rubinstein was formerly Chairman/CEO of Viacom/Blockbuster/Spelling subsidiary, Laurel Entertainment. He is now CEO of New York-based New Amsterdam Entertainment, Inc., which he founded in 1995.

Under the New Amsterdam banner, in addition to the re-envisioning of Dawn of the Dead, Rubinstein's most recent television production as executive producer was Frank Herbert's Children of Dune, a six-hour mini-series with an ensemble cast led by Susan Sarandon. The mini-series followed the critically acclaimed and highly rated Frank Herbert's Dune, the first six-hour mini-series based on Herbert's original series of novels.

Rubinstein's feature film credits include his 1989 production of Stephen King's Pet Sematary, which ranked as the third highest grossing thriller of the 1980's, with more than $130 million gross worldwide. Other Stephen King-based feature films produced by Rubinstein include The Night Flier, Thinner and Creepshow. He was also the producer of three George A. Romero-directed features: Martin; the 1979 original Dawn of the Dead; and Knightriders, which starred Ed Harris in his first feature leading role.

In addition to the Dune mini-series, Rubinstein's executive producer credits for television include: A Season in Purgatory, a four-hour CBS mini-series based on the Dominick Dunne bestseller about the Skakel murder case; and two ABC mini-series based on Stephen King's stories-The Langoliers and The Stand-both of which were the highest-rated mini-series on any network in their respective broadcast years, with The Stand garnering an Emmy nomination for Best Mini-Series. Television movie executive producer credits include: Kiss & Tell, starring Cheryl Ladd; and the highly rated Precious Victims.

Rubinstein also executive-produced (with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) The Vernon Johns Story, a syndicated television movie starring James Earl Jones, which received four Monte Carlo TV Festival Awards and a Christopher Award for "A Television Program Affirming the Highest Values of the Human Spirit." He has also served as executive producer on two very successful syndicated television series-Tales from the Darkside (90 episodes) and Monsters (72 episodes).

With an MBA from Columbia University, Rubinstein received his first production credit as associate producer of A Night with Nicol Williamson. He then independently produced and licensed to ABC a one-hour special profiling O.J. Simpson at the height of his football career. Following, he produced The Winners, a syndicated series of 12 one-hour biographical profiles of other seminal sports figures.

Rubinstein is a Regent of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and a member of the Third Decade Council of the American Film Institute. He is also a former board member of the IFP/NY and was a member of the national advisory board of The Sundance Festival for over twenty years. In addition, he has recently joined the board of a new off-Broadway producing company, Chashama. As an Adjunct Associate Professor, he has co-taught a course in Entrepreneurial Producing at the NYU/Stern Graduate School of Business for two semesters.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Richard P. Rubinstein Facts

BirthdayJune 15, 1947 (74)
BirthplaceNew York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.