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Birth Place: Israel Profession: President-CEO, Producer, Writer

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As CEO and president of Marvel Studios, Avi Arad, a self-professed comic book fanatic, was largely responsible for the groundswell of interest in superheroes on both television and in film. Starting off as a toy designer, his successful track record - a line of X-Men action figures were massive bestsellers - allowed Arad to branch out into television animation, producing cartoon series such as "Spider-Man" (Fox, 1994-98). He put himself on the map as executive producer on successful feature film adaptations of "Blade" (1998), "X-Men" (2000), "Spider-Man" (2002) and "The Hulk" (2003). Aside from his filmmaking duties, the multi-talented Arad also oversaw the merchandising lines from these movies, in addition to those from the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. While some efforts like "Elektra" (2005) proved less satisfactory, hits on the order of "Iron Man" (2008), bore out Arad's assertion that, if done right, comic book heroes provided nearly limitless franchise - and merchandizing - opportunities. It was Arad's passion and vision that not only placed him at the table of Hollywood's elite filmmakers, but also helped transform a company once perilously close to bankruptcy into an entertainment...

As CEO and president of Marvel Studios, Avi Arad, a self-professed comic book fanatic, was largely responsible for the groundswell of interest in superheroes on both television and in film. Starting off as a toy designer, his successful track record - a line of X-Men action figures were massive bestsellers - allowed Arad to branch out into television animation, producing cartoon series such as "Spider-Man" (Fox, 1994-98). He put himself on the map as executive producer on successful feature film adaptations of "Blade" (1998), "X-Men" (2000), "Spider-Man" (2002) and "The Hulk" (2003). Aside from his filmmaking duties, the multi-talented Arad also oversaw the merchandising lines from these movies, in addition to those from the epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. While some efforts like "Elektra" (2005) proved less satisfactory, hits on the order of "Iron Man" (2008), bore out Arad's assertion that, if done right, comic book heroes provided nearly limitless franchise - and merchandizing - opportunities. It was Arad's passion and vision that not only placed him at the table of Hollywood's elite filmmakers, but also helped transform a company once perilously close to bankruptcy into an entertainment juggernaut at the forefront of pop culture evolution.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Grand, The (2007)
2.
 Hulk: The Lowdown (2003) Featuring
3.
 Hulk, The: MTV Movie Special (2003) Interviewee
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1965:
Was in the Israel Defense Forces; wounded in the Six-Day War and spent 15 months in a hospital
1970:
Moved to America; worked as a truck driver and taught Hebrew to put himself through school
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Designed toys for Mattel, Hasbro and Tyco
1988:
Joined with fellow Israeli immigrant Ike Perlmutter at Toy Biz; created a series of X-Men action figures
1993:
Became head of Marvel Studios division devoted to film and TV projects, when Marvel acquired a chunk of Toy Biz
1998:
Took over Marvel Entertainment after its bankruptcy settlement
1998:
Executive produced the surprise Wesley Snipes hit "Blade"
1999:
Produced TV series "Spider-Man Unlimited", "Avengers" and "The Silver Surfer"
2000:
Produced the blockbuster hit "X-Men"
2002:
Produced the sequal to the suprise hit "Blade II," once again starring Wesley Snipes
2002:
Produced the summer Blockbuster "Spider-man," starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst; directed by Sam Raimi
2003:
Produced "Daredevil," starring Ben Affleck
2003:
Produced "X2," directed by Bryan Singer
2003:
Produced "Hulk," based on the TV series, starring Eric bana
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Education

Hofstra University: Hempstead , New York -

Notes

"I've never met anyone who gets so excited about his movies and his characters. He's like a big kid whose energy is infectious."---Mary Parent, co-president of Universal Pictures USA Today June 6, 2003

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