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Joe Roth

Joe Roth formed Revolution Studios in May 2000. Revolution Studios is partnered with three of the premier media companies in the world - Sony Pictures Entertainment, Starz Encore Group and Fox Entertainment Group - as both investors and distributors.

Now in its fourth year of operation, Revolution Studios has released 24 films, including America's Sweethearts, which Roth directed, Black Hawk Down, XXX, Anger Management, Daddy Day Care, Hellboy, 13 Going On 30 and White Chicks.

In addition, Roth produced the 76th Annual Academy Awards telecast, which aired on February 29th, 2004.

From August 1994 through January 2000, Roth ran Walt Disney Studios, first as Chairman of the Walt Disney Motion Pictures Group, then from April 1996 as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios. He led the studio to worldwide market dominance over the five years with an industry-leading 18 films grossing over $100 million domestically, three of which -- The Sixth Sense, Toy Story 2 and Armageddon -- grossed more than $200 million in the United States alone. Roth helped build Buena Vista International into the market leader, finishing first in market share five times in six years, the only company to gross over $1 billion in each of those years. The studio's 1999 Best Picture nominees, The Insider and The Sixth Sense, led Disney to an industry-leading 17 Academy Award nominations.

From 1992 to 1994, Roth, with Roger Birnbaum, headed Caravan Pictures, which produced such hits as While You Were Sleeping, Angels in the Outfield and The Three Musketeers for Disney.

Before establishing Caravan Pictures, Roth served as Chairman of Twentieth Century Fox from July 1989 until November 1992. During his tenure at the studio, the company made such successful films as Home Alone, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Die Hard 2, Sleeping With The Enemy, Mrs. Doubtfire, My Cousin Vinny, White Men Can't Jump, Edward Scissorhands, The Commitments and The Last of the Mohicans.

Prior to Twentieth Century Fox, Roth was a highly successful independent producer/director, co-founding Morgan Creek Pictures, for which he produced such films as Young Guns, Dead Ringers, Major League and Bachelor Party. Roth directed both Streets of Gold and Revenge of the Nerds II for Twentieth Century Fox, and Coupe De Ville for Universal Pictures.

Equally noted for his diverse civic and charitable activities, Roth has received various awards such as the 1991 Variety Clubs Man of the Year award, the 1996 humanitarian award from the NCCJ, the 1997 American Museum of Moving Image award and was honored in 1998 by APLA and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Roth is also an active supporter of the SIDS alliance.

Roth is a graduate school instructor on the faculty at UCLA's independent film and television program and is a member of the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television Dean's Executive Board. He also serves on the board of Pixar.

A New York City native, Roth is a 1970 graduate of Boston University.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Joe Roth Facts

OccupationDirector, Producer
BirthdayJune 13, 1948 (75)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

Selected Filmography

Not available.