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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Sony Pictures Classic's Michael Barker to Receive Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Honor

Sony Pictures Classic's Michael Barker to Receive Sam Spiegel International Film Lab Honor

Jerusalem's Sam Spiegel International Film Lab will honor Michael Barker, Sony Pictures Classic's co-president and co-founder, with this year's Force-of-Nature filmmaking award.The accolade seeks to honor extraordinary personalities committed to the development of cinema. Barker is being recognized for his work as a "cultural master-builder" at United Artists Classics, Orion Classics, and most recently Sony Pictures Classics. Longtime Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick was presented with the inaugural award in 2018."Over the last 35 years, passionately as a distributor and producer, Michael...

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