Active in the motion-picture industry for more than 20 years, Kimmel is responsible for such pictures as Blame It On Rio, 9½ Weeks and The Emperor's Club. His passion as an independent producer eventually led to the founding of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment in October 2004. Producing up to 10 features per year, the company works with esteemed filmmaking talent to create quality, commercial films.
Kimmel and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, in association with Universal Pictures, recently financed Paul Greengrass' critically acclaimed United 93, as well as executive-produced Billy Ray's Breach, starring Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe and Laura Linney, to be released February 16, 2007.
Kimmel is producing a diverse slate of films for release in 2007. He is currently in production on Craig Gillespie's Lars and the Real Girl, starring Ryan Gosling, Patricia Clarkson and Emily Mortimer, and Marc Forster's screen adaptation of the acclaimed novel The Kite Runner. He is currently in post-production on Jon Poll's Charlie Bartlett, starring Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr. and Hope Davis; Ira Sachs' Marriage, starring Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson and Rachel McAdams; Kasi Lemmons' Talk to Me, starring Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor; and Frank Oz's Death at a Funeral, starring Matthew Macfadyen, Peter Dinklage and Ewen Bremner.
In addition to his success in filmed entertainment, Kimmel founded Jones Apparel Group in 1975, which has since grown into a $4.5 billion diversified fashion industry empire. Still active as the chairman of Jones' board of directors, he has also established the Sidney Kimmel Foundation and its subsidiary, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research, which is one of the nation's largest individual donors to cancer research. Kimmel is extremely involved in philanthropic endeavors benefiting his hometown of Philadelphia, as well as Jewish education and continuity. He recently oversaw the opening of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, home of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. He is also a partner in Cipriani International, the acclaimed international restaurant and catering establishment, and is a part owner of the Miami Heat.
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