Sid Ganis is among the power players in Hollywood

Marketing, publicity, distribution, production - Sid Ganis has seemingly done it all. He got his start at 20th Century-Fox in New York City in the early 1960s, and after stints at Fox, Columbia and Seven Arts he became senior VP at Lucasfilm in 1979, and worked with George Lucas in marketing such blockbusters as "The Empire Strikes Back," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

In the 1980s he segued to prexy at Paramount where he oversaw such hits as "Top Gun" "Fatal Attraction" and "Ghost." From 1992 to 1996, he returned to Columbia as vice chairman and prexy of worldwide marketing for Columbia/Tristar, and then in 1996 founded his own company, Out of the Blue Entertainment.

With wife Nancy as a partner, and in association with Adam Sandler, he produced "Big Daddy," "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo," "Mr. Deeds" and "Akeelah and the Bee," and found time to serve as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for four consequent one-year terms until 2009.


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