Lorenzo di Bonaventura
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Di Bonaventura Pictures, Inc.

Lorenzo
di
Bonaventura

Principal / Producer

If there’s a global mega-franchise thrilling audiences out there, chances are Di Bonaventura had a piece of it, such as “Transformers,” “G.I. Joe” and “Red,” just to name a few. The “Transformers” series alone has generated $3.8 billion at the box office over just four films. Despite some critical carping, the toy-based series has thrived with non-stop action, over-the-top visual effects and conspicuous product placement. Paramount’s go-to guy for such monster projects is readying the fifth Transformers, “The Last Knight,” for release in 2017, with Michael Bay taking his final lap at the helm.

Di Bonaventura honed his skills as an exec at Warners, where he eventually became president of worldwide production and was instrumental in the development of the “Matrix” and “Harry Potter” franchises. The Harvard grad set up his film and TV production company, Di Bonaventura Pictures, in 2003 and debuted with the supernatural thriller “Constantine.” Since then has produced such films as “Salt,” “Side Effects,” “Jack Ryan” and the recent “Deepwater Horizon,” also expanding into TV with partner Dan McDermott, a former DW and ABC exec. Currently teamed with director Joe Johnston on “Starfall,” a $100M sci-fi actioner to be shot at Wanda’s new Qingdao Studios in China, producing “Meg” and “Granite Mountain.”

Career

  • Paramount Pictures
  • DEEPWATER HORIZON
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • University of Pennsylvania (PA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Billion Dollar Producer

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“I was given two simple and great pieces of advice. The first was dare to fail. In a world of difficult decision-making the credo of "dare to fail" has served as a beacon of choice. The second was, if you are in a group, ask yourself if a picture was taken, do you belong in that picture. It's a great way of looking at how you handle yourself in a group.”

What or who inspires you?

“Two things motivate me daily. The opportunity to entertain the audience and the satisfaction when you pull it off. It is so much fun to try and figure out what can move the audience, and then it doesn't get any better than sitting in the theater and hearing and feeling their response.”

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