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Barry Josephson

Josephson Entertainment; Film - producer Enchanted, Dirty Grandpa, The Last Boy Scout; TV - executive producer The Tick, TURN: Washington Spies, Bones
Barry Josephson is a veteran of the entertainment industry with a wealth of diverse experience in film, television, and music. He has established mainstream success through numerous motion pictures, television series, and specials across a variety of genres. As President of Josephson Entertainment, Josephson’s business acumen is derived from the various positions he has held, ranging from a successful talent manager to President of Production at Sony Pictures.

Mr. Josephson’s credits include the international hit comedy “Dirty Grandpa,” starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron, and the critically acclaimed film “Enchanted,” starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. He has also produced the family adventure film “Aliens in the Attic;” the thriller “Hide & Seek,” starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning; the romantic comedy “Life as We Know It,” starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel; “Like Mike”; “The Ladykillers,” written and directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Tom Hanks; “Wild Wild West,” starring Will Smith; “The Last Boy Scout,” starring Bruce Willis; and “Ricochet,” starring Denzel Washington.

Josephson is also preparing a number of feature projects, including “Circle of Treason” at Focus Features and “The Dive” at 20th Century Fox, and “The Fall Of Saigon”.

In television, Mr. Josephson produced “Bones” on FOX, which aired its 12th and final season, and AMC’s period drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” which aired its 4th and final season. His comedy series “The Tick,” written by Ben Edlund, is currently airing on Amazon, and he recently wrapped the first season of “UltraViolet,” a series based on the critically acclaimed book “The Skeleton Crew” for AXN & Netflix. Josephson’s previous television credits include the FOX drama “The Finder,” the critically acclaimed “Maximum Bob,” “The Tick,” “Fantasy Island,” and the cable series “Tales from the Crypt.” He also executive-produced the syndicated show “Pat Croce Moving In,” as well as a number of cable comedy specials.

Before embarking on full-time producing duties, Mr. Josephson was President of Worldwide Production for Columbia/Sony Pictures. During his tenure, Josephson was responsible for such hits as “Men In Black,” “Air Force One,” “In The Line Of Fire,” “The Fifth Element,” “Anaconda,” “Bad Boys,” “The Professional,” and “The Craft.” Prior to Columbia Pictures, Josephson held a similar post at Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures, overseeing films such as “The Last Boy Scout”, “Die Hard 2,” and “Lethal Weapon 3.”
Josephson was a founder of Sandollar Films, which produced the cult classic “Buffy The Vampire Slayer,” along with several other feature films and telefilms. Josephson’s earlier endeavors included a post at Lorimar Productions, where he oversaw the music division’s interest in feature film and television programming. Working in the realm of personal management, Josephson shepherded the careers of performers such as Whoopi Goldberg, Patti Labelle, The Pointer Sisters, Bobcat Goldthwait, and Paula Abdul.

Josephson is a founding member of Comic Relief. Previously hosted by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, the comedy concert series has raised millions of dollars to aid the plight of the homeless. He is an active advocate of animal rights and sponsors The Cesar Millan Foundation. Josephson played a pivotal role in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, and currently does so in the following organizations: the Commitment to Life Benefit (Supporting AIDS Project Los Angeles), The NHL Entertainment Board, and The Austin Film Festival.

Josephson lives in Pacific Palisades, CA, with his wife, Brooke, his daughter, Shira, and his son, Murray.