Roger Birnbaum - Founder

Roger Birnbaum is a highly successful film producer who currently makes films under his company name, Cave 76 Productions.  Before launching his production company, Mr. Birnbaum served as Co-Chairman and Co-CEO of MGM. During his term, he oversaw SKYFALL and THE HOBBIT, along with the TV series VIKINGS and the development of FARGO.  Since leaving MGM, Mr. Birnbaum has produced THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN which starred Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and DEATH WISH, starring Bruce Willis and directed by Eli Roth which was released on March 2, 2018.  Currently, Mr. Birnbaum has finished filming THE HUSTLE (a female take on DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS), which stars Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway.  Additionally, Mr. Birnbaum is working with the Israeli directors of BIG BAD WOLVES, Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, on their original project TILL DEATH.  He is developing a reboot of 12 ANGRY MEN to be made for television.

In 1998, Mr. Birnbaum co-founded the production, finance and distribution company Spyglass Entertainment, where held the title of Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.  Spyglass box-office successes include THE SIXTH SENSE, BRUCE ALMIGHTY, SEABISCUIT, THE INSIDER, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, SHANGHAI NOON, THE RECRUIT, THE VOW, EIGHT BELOW, THE TOURIST, WANTED, 27 DRESSES and MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

Prior to founding Spyglass Entertainment, Mr. Birnbaum co-founded Caravan Pictures, where he produced films such as SIX DAYS/SEVEN NIGHTS, INSPECTOR GADGET, GROSSE POINT BLANK, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, ANGELS IN THE OUTFIELD, and WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, all released by Disney. Additionally, Mr. Birnbaum produced all 3 of the feature films in the RUSH HOUR franchise with New Line Cinema.

Before joining Caravan, Mr. Birnbaum served as President of Worldwide Production and Executive Vice President at Twentieth Century Fox where he oversaw the development and/or production of such films as HOME ALONE, SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY, EDWARD SCISSORHANDS, HOT SHOTS, MY COUSIN VINNY, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, DIE HARD 2, and MRS. DOUBTFIRE. Previously to this, Mr. Birnbaum was the President of Production for United Artists where he developed the Oscar-winning, RAIN MAN.

Mr. Birnbaum began his career in the music business and served as a Vice President of A&R for both A&M Records and Arista Records. He also worked as Special Executive to the Office of the Chairman of the Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO).

Mr. Birnbaum is an American Film Institute Trustee and served as the Co-Artistic Director of the institute for two years. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Producer’s Guild of America.  He is also on the board of Y.E.S., a foundation that obtains educational scholarships for gifted, underprivileged children. Additionally, he is on the Advisory Board of Magic Leap, a developer of novel human computing interfaces and software.  Mr. Birnbaum holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities from the University of Denver.

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SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

  • The Hustle Post Production
  • Death Wish 2018
  • The Magnificent Seven 2016
  • RoboCop  2014
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation  2013
  • The Vow 2012
  • Footloose 2011
  • The Tourist 2010
  • Dinner for Schmucks 2010
  • Invictus 2009
  • G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra 2009
  • Four Christmases 2008
  • The Love Guru 2008
  • Wanted 2008
  • The Happening 2008
  • Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins 2008
  • 27 Dresses 2008
  • Balls of Fury 2007
  • Rush Hour 3 2007
  • Evan Almighty 2007
  • Seabiscuit 2003
  • Bruce Almighty 2003
  • Shanghai Knights 2003
  • The Recruit 2003
  • Reign of Fire 2002
  • Abandon 2002
  • The Count of Monte Cristo 2002
  • Rush Hour 2 2001
  • Unbreakable 2000
  • Shanghai Noon 2000