MARK CANTON (Producer) has been a preeminent force in the entertainment industry over the past two decades. Most recently, his new production entity, The Canton Company, has located at Warner Bros., where Mr. Canton began his career as a studio executive.
From 1990-1996, he served as a top executive at Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), most recently as Chairman of Columbia-TriStar. Among the productions greenlit and supervised by Mr. Canton are "Jerry Maguire," starring Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding, Jr., with a box office gross of over $265 million worldwide; the Julia Roberts romantic comedy "My Best Friend's Wedding," which grossed over $120 million domestically; Barry Sonnenfeld's sci-fi blockbuster "Men in Black," starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith, which has accumulated $350 million worldwide to date; and the Harrison Ford-starrer "Air Force One," with a domestic box office gross of over $150 million. In addition, Canton initiated the Sony hit films "As Good As It Gets," "Godzilla" and "Zorro." During 1997, the studio broke all box-office records, earning $2.4 billion from pictures greenlit by Canton.
Upcoming projects with The Canton Company include "Angel Eyes," "Jack Carter," "Top Ten," "Alone," "House of Secrets," "Ernie Popovitch," starring Sylvester Stallone, and several television series.
Canton joined Warner Bros. as Vice President of Production in 1980, then rose to Senior Vice President in 1983 and President of Worldwide Theatrical Production in 1985. While at Warner Bros., Canton created two major motion picture franchises, the "Batman" and "Lethal Weapon" series. His creative influence also brought some of today's most powerful films to the screen. Before he joined Warner Bros., Canton was Executive Vice President of the Jon Peters Organization, where he co-produced the hit comedy "Caddyshack."