Al Gore and Jason Blum will be honored at the 2017 IFP Gotham Awards, with Gore set to receive the humanitarian tribute and Blum tapped to get the industry tribute.The Gothams, the Independent Filmmaker Project's annual round of awards honoring indie film, typically dole out a handful of pre-announced tributes to notable figures, in addition to awards in ten competitive categories. This year's crop will also include tributes to an actor and an actress, among others.Former Vice President Gore, now...
Jason Blum’s ability to generate big scares with tiny budgets became abundantly clear with 2007’s sleeper hit “Paranormal Activity,” which spawned one of Blum’s most successful film franchises. “The Purge,” “Insidious” and “Sinister” franchises soon followed under the Blumhouse Productions banner.
By getting talent to accept a percentage of profits and a lower up-front fee, Blum has managed to keep production costs down. As he told Variety before 2016’s SXSW, “They wouldn’t work with us multiple times if they didn’t have a good experience. With our model, they’re not working for money up front. The most important part of the overall strategy is that people take bets on themselves and if it works out, they’re well compensated for it.”
He’s also experimenting on the distribution side with his BH Tilt multi-platform release label.
Blum’s success extends to television as well, with series including “Ascension,” “Stranded,” “The River,” and “Eye Candy.” But Blum’s interests extend beyond scripted fare. He produces unscripted television like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” and executive produced projects as different as HBO’s award-winning docu-series “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst” and mini-series “The Normal Heart.”