Jay Kanter


Executive

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
December 12, 1926

Biography

A former MCA agent for twenty years, Jay Kanter entered film production when that agency was dissolved. After producing the films "Villain" and "The Nightcomers" (both 1971), "X Y and Z" and "Fear Is the Key" (both 1972) with Elliott Kastner and Alan Ladd Jr., he joined the latter in 1975 at 20th Century-Fox. He subsequently worked with Ladd as a production executive at The Ladd Co., MGM...

Family & Companions

Kit Kanter
Wife

Biography

A former MCA agent for twenty years, Jay Kanter entered film production when that agency was dissolved. After producing the films "Villain" and "The Nightcomers" (both 1971), "X Y and Z" and "Fear Is the Key" (both 1972) with Elliott Kastner and Alan Ladd Jr., he joined the latter in 1975 at 20th Century-Fox. He subsequently worked with Ladd as a production executive at The Ladd Co., MGM/UA and Pathe before his appointment in 1991 to the number two spot as chief operating officer of MGM-Pathe under his longtime colleague. In 1994, Kanter resigned and set up his own independent production company.

Life Events

1971

Produced first feature, "Villain"

1972

Named president, First Artists Production Co., Ltd.

1975

Joined 20th Century-Fox as vice president of production

1976

Named senior vice president, 20th Century-Fox

1978

Rose to senior vice president of worldwide production, 20th Century-Fox

1979

Named vice president of The Ladd Co.

1984

Joined MGM/UA Entertainment Co. As president of worldwide production in the motion picture division

1985

Named president of worldwide production, UA

1986

Appointed president of production worldwide at MGM Pictures Inc.

1989

Became chairman of production of Pathe Entertainment Co.

1991

Named COO (in addition to duties as chairman of production) of MGM-Pathe, later MGM Communications

1994

Resigned from MGM; formed independent production company

Family

Adam Kanter
Son
Agent. Works at CAA.

Companions

Kit Kanter
Wife

Bibliography