Previously, Simon served as president of Quincy Jones Media Group and Quincy Jones/David Salzman Productions, overseeing all feature and television productions from the late 1990s through 2001. Prior to that, he was partnered for nearly a decade with producer Bill Todman Jr. in Todman/Simon Productions, which had a first-look deal with Lorimar and Warner Bros. Pictures, and whose feature releases included Married to the Mob and Hard to Kill. For television, the company produced the CBS series People Next Door and the movie-of-the-week The Innocent, which aired on NBC, as well as numerous network pilots.
Simon's additional production credits include the feature comedy Vacuums, starring Chevy Chase; the blockbuster hits X-Men and X2; Wild, Wild West starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Salma Hayek; Steel, starring Shaquille O'Neal; and The In-Laws starring Michael Douglas and Albert Brooks; plus the television movie Passing Glory for TNT, and "Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America," a five-hour VH-1 original documentary mini-series.
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