Michael Barker
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United States
2018

Sony Pictures Classics

Michael
Barker

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 execs in the specialty-film space. His and SPC co-founder Tom Bernard’s original succinct business model has proved enduring: 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)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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SPC's Michael Barker Optimistic Despite 'Chaos' Facing Indie Producers

SPC's Michael Barker Optimistic Despite 'Chaos' Facing Indie Producers

Sony Pictures Classics’ Michael Barker told international producers and financiers in London on Tuesday that he remains “very optimistic” about the future of independent film despite the “chaos” of content vying for audiences’ attention. Speaking at the Film London Production Finance Market, Barker said he believed there was now “more at stake than ever before” but that the industry was constantly facing new challenges.“I’m basically very optimistic because I know what needs to be done,” said Barker. “I won’t allow...

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