Michael Barker
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United States

Sony Pictures Classics

Michael
Barker

Co-Founder / Co-President

The co-president and co-founder of Sony Pictures Classic launched the specialty studio in 1992. Over a career that began at United Artists in 1980 and continued at Orion Classics, he has earned more than 160 Oscar noms. Among them are Woody Allen’s biggest commercial hit, “Midnight in Paris,” and 2000’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the highest-grossing foreign film in North America. SPC’s recent Oscar record includes best adapted screenplay for “Call Me by Your Name” and best foreign language film for “A Fantastic Woman.” Barker’s success is notable given the short life span of many companies and executives in the specialty-film space. His and SPC co-founder Tom Bernard’s original succinct business model has proved an enduring vision: a diverse slate of commercially successful indies.

Career

  • MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
  • CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
  • A FANTASTIC WOMAN

Education

  • University of Texas - Austin (TX, USA)

Philanthropy

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Michael Barker, Chandra Wilson, Jesse Plemons to Be Honored by Texas Film Hall of Fame

Michael Barker, Chandra Wilson, Jesse Plemons to Be Honored by Texas Film Hall of Fame

The Austin Film Society has announced this year's honorees of the Texas Film Hall of Fame, with Sony Pictures Classics co-founder Michael Barker, actress Chandra Wilson and actor Jesse Plemons set to be lauded on the eve of this year's South by Southwest festival.Barker, co-president and co-founder of SPC, will be inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame with the Austin Chronicle Champion of the Arts Award. Through previous work at United Artists and Orion Classics and now at...

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