Brian Grazer
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Imagine Entertainment



The yin to Ron Howard’s yang, Grazer has produced hit TV shows — “Arrested Development,” “Empire,” “Friday Night Lights” — and big-screen successes including “Splash,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “Apollo 13.” He authored the 2015 bestseller “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life,” recounting his penchant for picking the brains of visionaries. The follow-up, “Eye Contact: Stories on the Power of Human Connection,” is due out next year. Grazer’s day job remains running Imagine Entertainment, which he co-founded with Howard, a dear friend since 1979. In 2018, the studio released the buddy comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” and season two of Nat Geo’s “Genius,” this time focused on Pablo Picasso. Down the line is a remake of “Friday Night Lights.”


  • 24


  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

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  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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On a recent summer day, the lights went out at Imagine Entertainment. A freak storm erupted, temporarily causing the power to go down. Staffers went scurrying to the windows after a thunderclap rumbled so loudly they were worried that Los Angeles was about to be roiled by an earthquake.But Brian Grazer, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning producer of “A Beautiful Mind” and “Arrested Development” and the company’s co-founder, seemed Zen. The spiky-haired dynamo shrugged off the gray skies to welcome a...


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