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Also Known As: Michael G Nathanson Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: producer, executive

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Michael Nathanson, president and chief operating officer of MGM Pictures, began his entertainment career at NBC Sports in NYC and moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to launch his career in film, working first as a production assistant on such features as "The Deep" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" (both 1977). After stints as a vice-president of production at MBM/UA, Sherwood Productions and Warner Bros., he was appointed president of the motion picture division of Gladden Entertainment Corporation. By 1987, Nathanson had joined Columbia Pictures where he rose through the executive ranks to the position of executive vice president of production. Responsible for all aspects of production, including development, casting and overseeing Columbia's creative-executive staff, he was a principal force shepherding to the screen such acclaimed and prize-winning features as "Awakenings" (1990), "The Prince of Tides" (1991), "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "A League of Their Own" (1992), "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and "Groundhog Day" (1993).Prior to taking the reins at MGM, Nathanson spent three years as chairman and CEO of New Regency Productions, where his duties included...

Michael Nathanson, president and chief operating officer of MGM Pictures, began his entertainment career at NBC Sports in NYC and moved to Los Angeles in 1977 to launch his career in film, working first as a production assistant on such features as "The Deep" and "Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger" (both 1977). After stints as a vice-president of production at MBM/UA, Sherwood Productions and Warner Bros., he was appointed president of the motion picture division of Gladden Entertainment Corporation. By 1987, Nathanson had joined Columbia Pictures where he rose through the executive ranks to the position of executive vice president of production. Responsible for all aspects of production, including development, casting and overseeing Columbia's creative-executive staff, he was a principal force shepherding to the screen such acclaimed and prize-winning features as "Awakenings" (1990), "The Prince of Tides" (1991), "Boyz N the Hood" (1991), "A River Runs Through It" (1992), "A League of Their Own" (1992), "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992) and "Groundhog Day" (1993).

Prior to taking the reins at MGM, Nathanson spent three years as chairman and CEO of New Regency Productions, where his duties included managing all production, development and distribution activity. During his tenure, he supervised or produced such titles as "Natural Born Killers" (1994), "Heat" (1995), "Tin Cup" (1996), "A Time to Kill" (1996) and the last two installments of the "Free Willy" franchise. His producing credit for Curtis Hanson's critically-acclaimed "L.A. Confidential" (1997) was just one of several holdovers from his days at New Regency. Since arriving at MGM, Nathanson has overseen "Red Corner" (1997) and "Species 2" (1998) with a slate of projects (such as "Julip" and a distaff remake of "The Fortune Cookie") in various stages of development. His strong business acumen and keen eye for talent undoubtedly will continue to serve him well in his current position.

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Started his entertainment career at NBC Sports in NYC
1976:
Moved to Los Angeles and began his motion picture career with Columbia
1977:
Served as production assistant to Peter Guber on "The Deep"
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Appointed vice president of production at MGM/UA
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Joined Sherwood Productions as vice president of production
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Served as vice president of production at Warner Bros.
1984:
First feature credit, as executive in charge of production on "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension"
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Was president of the motion picture division of Gladden Entertainment Corporation
1987:
Appointed executive vice president of production at Columbia Pictures
1989:
Named president of worldwide production at Columbia Pictures
1993:
Assumed post of corporate executive vice-president at Columbia
1994:
Left Columbia to become president and CEO of New Regency Productions
1995:
Promoted to chairman and CEO at New Regency
1997:
Became president and COO of the film unit at MGM/UA Studios
1997:
With Arnon Milchan and Curtis Hanson, produced the acclaimed "L.A. Confidential"; became first film to receive the Best Picture award from every major film critics group
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wife:
Diana Nathanson.

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father:
Edward T Nathanson. Director, producer. Died of complications from lung cancer in June 1997.
mother:
Edith Nathanson. Producer.
sister:
Laura Nathanson. Executive. Vice president at Fox.
sister:
Carla Nathanson.
daughter:
Olivia Victoria Nathanson. Born on July 18, 1992.
son:
Nicholas Nathanson. Born on May 2, 1994.
son:
Charles Gimbel Nathanson. Born on March 26, 1997.
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