Mark Damon

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Producer, CEO and Chairman
Foresight Unlimited

Mark Damon, credited with having invented the foreign sales business as we know it today, and considered one of the world’s leading authorities on international distribution, has played a successful role in various facets of the entertainment industry for over 50 years.

He first entered the world of independent sales and production in the 1970’s while living and working in Italy where he saw a huge market of independent international distributors eager for top American movies. When Mark returned to the U.S. in 1977 he founded Producer Sales Organization (PSO). His goal was to sell important American pictures to international distributors, the first such company to compete with the major studios.

Mark Damon’s subsequent success with PSO led to his reputation as the inventor of the foreign sales business and the brains behind independent film production. His early visionary contributions to the international distribution of independently produced films are widely recognized, and he has developed a reputation in the entertainment industry as one of the leadingMark Damon & Vinca4 producers and distributors of independent films. Over the past 25 years, Mark Damon’s productions have grossed over $2 billion in theatrical box office worldwide.

Mr. Damon has produced or executive produced over 70 films, and his films have received 10 Oscar nominations including the 2005 Oscar winner, Monster, starring Charlize Theron, the critically acclaimed, multi-Oscar nominated World War II drama, Das Boot, directed by Wolfgang Petersen, and The NeverEnding Story, also directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Other acclaimed films include The Upside of Anger, starring Oscar nominee Joan Allen and Kevin Costner; 9 1/2 Weeks, directed by Adrian Lyne; 8 Million Ways to Die, directed by Hal Ashby; Short Circuit, directed by John Badham; High Spirits directed by Neil Jordan; Choirboys directed by Robert Aldrich; The Lost Boys, directed by Joel Schumacher; Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, directed by Stephen Sommers; The Musketeer directed by Peter Hyams; Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, also directed by Peter Hyams, and starring Michael Douglas. Plus, the releases of 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg; and Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg.

Mark DamonMr. Damon has been directly involved in the international licensing of over 300 feature length pictures, including such noteworthy box-office titles as the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Sean Connery; Prizzi’s Honor, directed by John Huston and featuring Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston; Once Upon A Time In America, directed by Sergio Leone and featuring Robert DeNiro and James Wood; Cotton Club, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring Richard Gere; and The Final Countdown, starring Kirk Douglas.

Today, he is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Foresight Unlimited, a company he founded in October of 2004. Mr. Damon is one of the original founding members of AFMA and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Independent Film and Television Alliance. His biography, From Cowboy To Mogul To Monster, was published in May 2008, chronicling his 50 years in the entertainment industry. Mark received his M.B.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and resides with his wife in Beverly Hills.

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