Josephson was Senior Vice President of Production and President of Worldwide Production for Columbia Pictures. During his tenure there, he was responsible for such hits as Men In Black, Air Force One, In The Line of Fire, The Fifth Element, Anaconda, Bad Boys, and The Professional. Previously, Josephson was with Joel Silver's Silver Pictures, working on pictures such as Die Hard 2 and Lethal Weapon 3. Prior to that, Josephson produced the films The Last Boy Scout and Ricochet. He also produced the critically acclaimed Maximum Bob, based on the Elmore Leonard novel, as well as the television series The Tick for Fox Broadcasting Company, and the cable series Tales from the Crypt.
Josephson is a founding member of Comic Relief, hosted by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg. Comic Relief has raised millions of dollars to aid the plight of the homeless. In addition, Josephson played pivotal roles in the creation of the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, the Commitment to Life Benefit (Supporting AIDS Project Los Angeles) and the Austin Film Festival.
Josephson helped found the production company Sandollar Films, whose credits include the feature film and series versions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Josephson also worked for Lorimar Communications, overseeing the music division's interest in feature film and television programming. He began his career in personal management and contributed to the careers of performers Patti Labelle, Paula Abdul and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.
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