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Also Known As: Andrew G. Vajna, Andy Vajna Died:
Born: August 1, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Budapest, HU Profession: producer

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Andrew Vajna began his entertainment career in film exhibition by purchasing theaters in the Far East. He later moved into acquisition and distribution, mainly through his Panasia Films Limited, which he founded in Hong Kong. While in business there, he met Mario Kassar, with whom Vajna would make the move to the big time in Hollywood. In 1976, Vajna sold Panasia to Raymond Chow's Golden Harvest Company, and he and Kassar founded Carolco Pictures.

Andrew Vajna began his entertainment career in film exhibition by purchasing theaters in the Far East. He later moved into acquisition and distribution, mainly through his Panasia Films Limited, which he founded in Hong Kong. While in business there, he met Mario Kassar, with whom Vajna would make the move to the big time in Hollywood. In 1976, Vajna sold Panasia to Raymond Chow's Golden Harvest Company, and he and Kassar founded Carolco Pictures.

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Began career as exhibitor in Far East
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Founded Panasia Film, Ltd., distribution, acquisition and film representation company, in Hong Kong (sold to Raymond Chow's Golden Harvest Company, 1976)
1976:
Founded Carolco, financing and distribution company with Mario Kassar (later moved into production)
1978:
First feature as producer, "The Silent Partner" (also first Carolco production)
1982:
Founder and first president of American Film Marketing Association
1989:
Sold interest in Carolco to Kassar (Decemember)
1990:
Release of last Carolco Productions he was associated with as executive producer: "Air America", "The Narrow Margin", "Mountains of the Moon", "Total Recall" and "Jacob's Ladder"
1990:
Formed Cinergi Productions Inc.
1990:
Arranged an exclusive five-year distribution and co-financing deal with Disney
1991:
Created the Summit Group, a joint venture among Cinergi, Constantin Films (headed by Bernd Eichinger) and Regency Intl. (headed by Arnon Milchan) to handle foreign distribution rights for films they produce, as well as select other films
1992:
First Cinergi release, "Medicine Man"
1997:
Cinergi Pictures Entertainment, Inc liquidated; Disney purchased the film library
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Formed Intercom, a Budapest-based distribution and production company
1998:
Reteamed with Mario Kassar
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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