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Also Known As: Stanley Richard Jaffe, Stanley Jaffe Died:
Born: July 31, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New Rochelle, New York, USA Profession: executive, producer

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At age 28, Stanley Jaffe produced "Goodbye Columbus" (1969) and was appointed executive vice president and chief corporate officer of Paramount Pictures two years later. Jaffe subsequently spent two years at Columbia as executive vice president of worldwide production before returning to independent production with the Academy Award-winning "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). For nearly a decade (from 1982 to 1991), he worked in collaboration with Sherry Lansing. Their company Jaffe-Lansing Productions was responsible for such features as "Racing With the Moon" (1984), the Oscar-nominated "Fatal Attraction" (1987) and "School Ties" (1992). In March 1991, Jaffe was named president and chief operating officer of Paramount. The following autumn, he was named as president with former partner Lansing assuming the reins as chair. When Viacom purchased Paramount in 1994, Jaffe was fired. He then entered into a production deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, where his new production company Jaffilms has several projects in development.

At age 28, Stanley Jaffe produced "Goodbye Columbus" (1969) and was appointed executive vice president and chief corporate officer of Paramount Pictures two years later. Jaffe subsequently spent two years at Columbia as executive vice president of worldwide production before returning to independent production with the Academy Award-winning "Kramer vs. Kramer" (1979). For nearly a decade (from 1982 to 1991), he worked in collaboration with Sherry Lansing. Their company Jaffe-Lansing Productions was responsible for such features as "Racing With the Moon" (1984), the Oscar-nominated "Fatal Attraction" (1987) and "School Ties" (1992). In March 1991, Jaffe was named president and chief operating officer of Paramount. The following autumn, he was named as president with former partner Lansing assuming the reins as chair. When Viacom purchased Paramount in 1994, Jaffe was fired. He then entered into a production deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment, where his new production company Jaffilms has several projects in development.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Without A Trace (1983) Director

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1962:
Joined Seven Arts Associates
1964:
Named executive assistant to the president, Seven Arts
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Became head of East Coast programming for Seven Arts TV
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Named director of programming, Seven Arts TV
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Produced "Goodbye Columbus" (1968) for Paramount Pictures Corp. before joining company as executive vice president and chief corporate officer
1970:
Named president of Paramount TV; resigned to form own production company, Jaffilms 1971
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Joined Columbia Pictures as executive vice president of worldwide production
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Resigned to become independent producer
1982:
Formed Jaffe-Lansing Productions with Sherry Lansing (date approximate)
1991:
Appointed president and chief operating officer of Paramount Communications; dissolved partnership with Lansing
1992:
Named successor to Brandon Tartikoff as president of Paramount, effective December 1
1994:
Fired from Paramount on April 6
1994:
Filed suit against Paramount for $20 million in a stock option dispute; suit dismissed by court in 1995
1995:
In June, announced plans to launch a production company in cooperation with Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE); SPE contributed $75 million; Jaffe was to raise an additional $225 million
1996:
In January, announced plan to scale back size of production company, Jaffilms, due to difficulties in raising $225 million
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Education

The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1962

Notes

"There is a school of thought that subscribes to the belief that there are, in fact, two Stanley Jaffes. The person who produces movies like "Kramer vs. Kramer" . . . is thoughtful, controlled, alert to everything and everyone around him--a real contributor to the process. The one who ends up in management positions, however, is angry, suspicious and often mean-spirited."--Peter Bart in "Stormy Stanley Is Everyone's Target du Jour", DAILY VARIETY, February 7, 1994

When he was fired from Paramount, Jaffe filed a lawsuit claiming that Viacom, the studio's new owner, had blocked his attempt to exercise stock options worth $20 million. A New York State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Viacom, since Jaffe had been fired after Viacom had acquired Paramount.

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wife:
Melinda Jaffe. Formerly married to Guess? jeans co-founder Georges Marciano.

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father:
Leo Jaffe. Film executive. Former president, CEO and chairman of Columbia Pictures; died August 20, 1997 at age 88.
mother:
Dora Jaffe. Deceased.
brother:
Howard Jaffe.
sister:
Marcia Jaffe.
brother:
Ira Jaffe. Executive. Worked in music industry.
sister:
Andrea Jaffe. Publicist, executive.
son:
Robert Jaffe. Executive, producer. Born c. 1966.
daughter:
Betsy Jaffe.
son:
Alexander Jaffe.
daughter:
Katie Jaffe.
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