Red Granite Pictures


Red Granite Pictures

Red Granite Pictures is an American film finance, development, production, and distribution company, co-founded by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in 2010.

Aziz is Chairman, while McFarland serves as Vice-Chairman; together they also serve as producing partners. Randy Hermann serves as CFO, David Boyle serves as Business Affairs and Production Legal, David Koplan serves as President of Production, while Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri serve as co-Presidents of the distribution arm; Red Granite International. To date, Red Granite Pictures slate of films have brought in more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue.

Red Granite Pictures made its debut with Friends with Kids, a romantic comedy written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. Friends with Kids stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Megan Fox. Following Friends with Kids, Red Granite Pictures executive-produced and handled foreign distribution for the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Casey Affleck. Out of the Furnace was released on December 6, 2013 by Relativity Media.

Red Granite Pictures next released the highly anticipated film The Wolf of Wall Street on December 25, 2013. The Wolf of Wall Street was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir of the same name by former stock-broker Jordan Belfort. The Wolf of Wall Street has achieved tremendous box office success and critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter).

Following The Wolf of Wall Street, Red Granite Pictures produced Horns and Dumb and Dumber To. Horns, a supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham and directed by Alexandre Aja, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill. Horns was released on October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. Dumb and Dumber To is an American buddy comedy film co-written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. It is a sequel to the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The film stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle and Kathleen Turner. Dumb and Dumber To was released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures and opened number one at the box office.

Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures in association with Gary Sanchez Productions released the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home (film) on December 25, 2015. Red Granite Pictures co-produced and co-financed the film, which Paramount Pictures distributed worldwide. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Red Granite's latest film is Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic, directed by Michael Noer, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. Papillon completed principal photography in December 2016 and is positioned for release in 2017. 


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Red Granite Pictures


Red Granite Pictures

Red Granite Pictures is an American film finance, development, production, and distribution company, co-founded by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in 2010.

Aziz is Chairman, while McFarland serves as Vice-Chairman; together they also serve as producing partners. Randy Hermann serves as CFO, David Boyle serves as Business Affairs and Production Legal, David Koplan serves as President of Production, while Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri serve as co-Presidents of the distribution arm; Red Granite International. To date, Red Granite Pictures slate of films have brought in more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue.

Red Granite Pictures made its debut with Friends with Kids, a romantic comedy written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. Friends with Kids stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Megan Fox. Following Friends with Kids, Red Granite Pictures executive-produced and handled foreign distribution for the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Casey Affleck. Out of the Furnace was released on December 6, 2013 by Relativity Media.

Red Granite Pictures next released the highly anticipated film The Wolf of Wall Street on December 25, 2013. The Wolf of Wall Street was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir of the same name by former stock-broker Jordan Belfort. The Wolf of Wall Street has achieved tremendous box office success and critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter).

Following The Wolf of Wall Street, Red Granite Pictures produced Horns and Dumb and Dumber To. Horns, a supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham and directed by Alexandre Aja, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill. Horns was released on October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. Dumb and Dumber To is an American buddy comedy film co-written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. It is a sequel to the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The film stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle and Kathleen Turner. Dumb and Dumber To was released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures and opened number one at the box office.

Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures in association with Gary Sanchez Productions released the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home (film) on December 25, 2015. Red Granite Pictures co-produced and co-financed the film, which Paramount Pictures distributed worldwide. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Red Granite's latest film is Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic, directed by Michael Noer, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. Papillon completed principal photography in December 2016 and is positioned for release in 2017. 


Red Granite Pictures

Red Granite Pictures is an American film finance, development, production, and distribution company, co-founded by Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland in 2010.

Aziz is Chairman, while McFarland serves as Vice-Chairman; together they also serve as producing partners. Randy Hermann serves as CFO, David Boyle serves as Business Affairs and Production Legal, David Koplan serves as President of Production, while Danny Dimbort and Christian Mercuri serve as co-Presidents of the distribution arm; Red Granite International. To date, Red Granite Pictures slate of films have brought in more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue.

Red Granite Pictures made its debut with Friends with Kids, a romantic comedy written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. Friends with Kids stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, and Megan Fox. Following Friends with Kids, Red Granite Pictures executive-produced and handled foreign distribution for the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Casey Affleck. Out of the Furnace was released on December 6, 2013 by Relativity Media.

Red Granite Pictures next released the highly anticipated film The Wolf of Wall Street on December 25, 2013. The Wolf of Wall Street was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Jon Favreau and Rob Reiner. The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the memoir of the same name by former stock-broker Jordan Belfort. The Wolf of Wall Street has achieved tremendous box office success and critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Terence Winter).

Following The Wolf of Wall Street, Red Granite Pictures produced Horns and Dumb and Dumber To. Horns, a supernatural thriller starring Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Max Minghella, Joe Anderson, Heather Graham and directed by Alexandre Aja, is based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill. Horns was released on October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. Dumb and Dumber To is an American buddy comedy film co-written and directed by Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly. It is a sequel to the 1994 film Dumb and Dumber. The film stars Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Laurie Holden, Rob Riggle and Kathleen Turner. Dumb and Dumber To was released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures and opened number one at the box office.

Paramount Pictures and Red Granite Pictures in association with Gary Sanchez Productions released the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home (film) on December 25, 2015. Red Granite Pictures co-produced and co-financed the film, which Paramount Pictures distributed worldwide. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Red Granite's latest film is Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic, directed by Michael Noer, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. Papillon completed principal photography in December 2016 and is positioned for release in 2017. 

The Team


Riza Aziz

Chairman and Producer

Riza Aziz brings a background in banking and financial services to the entertainment industry as Chairman and CEO of Red Granite Pictures. With a B.S. in Government and Economics and a master’s degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, Aziz took on the world of finance before turning his talented eye toward the film industry, and has been thriving since.

Aziz caught the attention of Hollywood when he was named in Variety’s “Top Ten Producers to Watch” list in 2011. Aziz has since become a driving force behind the production of films such as Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, Alexandre Aja’s Horns, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To, and most recently the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Aziz’s slate moving forward includes Papillon, a reimagining of the 1973 classic film, The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington, and an untitled psychological horror film. 

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The Team


Riza Aziz

Chairman and Producer

Riza Aziz brings a background in banking and financial services to the entertainment industry as Chairman and CEO of Red Granite Pictures. With a B.S. in Government and Economics and a master’s degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, Aziz took on the world of finance before turning his talented eye toward the film industry, and has been thriving since.

Aziz caught the attention of Hollywood when he was named in Variety’s “Top Ten Producers to Watch” list in 2011. Aziz has since become a driving force behind the production of films such as Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, Alexandre Aja’s Horns, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To, and most recently the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Aziz’s slate moving forward includes Papillon, a reimagining of the 1973 classic film, The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington, and an untitled psychological horror film. 

The Team

 

Red Granite Pictures

 

Riza Aziz

Founder and Producer

Riza Aziz brings a background in banking and financial services to the entertainment industry as Chairman and CEO of Red Granite Pictures. With a B.S. in Government and Economics and a master’s degree in Politics from the London School of Economics, Aziz took on the world of finance before turning his talented eye toward the film industry, and has been thriving since.

Aziz caught the attention of Hollywood when he was named in Variety’s “Top Ten Producers to Watch” list in 2011. Aziz has since become a driving force behind the production of films such as Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street, Jennifer Westfeldt’s Friends With Kids, Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace, Alexandre Aja’s Horns, Bobby and Peter Farrelly's Dumb and Dumber To, and most recently the Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg comedy Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Aziz’s slate moving forward includes Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic film, The General, a gritty look at the story of George Washington, and an untitled psychological horror film.

http://www.rizaaziz.com

Joey McFarland

Vice Chairman and Producer

Joey McFarland is an American film producer. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, he attended DeSales High School and the University of Louisville. In 2010, with producing partner Riza Aziz, McFarland co-founded Red Granite Pictures. McFarland oversees the company's day-to-day operations, its business divisions, personnel, and all matters relating to Red Granite Pictures’ creative developments and film slate. Under his leadership, Red Granite’s slate of films have generated more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue. In 2011 Variety named McFarland on their list of Top 10 Producers to Watch.

McFarland's first production under the Red Granite banner was the hit romantic comedy Friends with Kids, written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt. In 2012 McFarland went on to executive produce the dramatic thriller Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper and starring Christian Bale. Next, McFarland produced The Wolf of Wall Street, based on Jordan Belfort's best-selling novel of the same name. Adapted into a screenplay by Terence Winter, the film was directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey and Margot Robbie. Released on December 25, 2013 by Paramount Pictures, The Wolf of Wall Street achieved tremendous box office success and garnered critical acclaim, including a Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Comedy for Leonardo DiCaprio and five Academy Award nominations including Best Actor, Best Director and Best Picture, for which McFarland received a nomination.

In 2013 McFarland completed production on Horns, a supernatural thriller directed by Alexandre Aja and starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. The film was based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Joe Hill and was released October 31, 2014 by Dimension-RADiUS. McFarland was also a producer on the hit sequel Dumb and Dumber To, directed by Pete and Bobby Farrelly, starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Released on November 14, 2014 by Universal Pictures, it opened at number one at the box office. 

McFarland was an executive producer on the film Daddy's Home, directed by Sean Anders and John Morris. Shot in New Orleans, the film re-teamed Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg for the first time since 2010. Daddy's Home opened number two at the box office, becoming Red Granite's highest grossing opening weekend and its highest grossing domestic film.

Most recently, McFarland produced Papillon, a re-imagining of the 1973 classic, directed by Michael Noer, starring Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek. Papillon completed principal photography in December 2016 and is positioned for release in 2017. 

http://www.joeymcfarland.com

 
David Boyle Head of Business and Legal Affairs Drawing on over twenty-five (25) years of experience, David Boyle operates as a business and legal affairs and strategic planning advisor in motion picture production, finance and distribution. For over twelve (12) years, Boyle oversaw all business operations of Radar Pictures, including finance, corporate development and strategic planning, led negotiations for all development, production, financing and distribution agreements with talent and major studios, and supervised all administrative functions of the company. During Boyle's tenure, Radar's movies generated nearly $2 billion in worldwide revenue. Highlights of Boyle's contributions to the company include overseeing the financing and administration of Radar's $100 million film fund, managing Radar's successful alliance with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and leading negotiations for such films as The Last Samurai,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. When Radar's venture with Platinum Dunes expired, Michael Bay engaged Boyle to manage Platinum Dunes' split-rights business model with Dimension Films and Focus Features. Previously, Boyle was Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Propaganda Films, a seminal music video, commercial, television and motion picture production company, where he served as legal production counsel on commercials and music videos envisioned by such directors as Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski and Mark Romanek and on such films as David Fincher's The Game and Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich. Boyle is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Academy's Nominating Committee for Best Foreign Language Film. Boyle headed UCLA's prestigious Entertainment Symposium for three (3) of the most successful years in its history and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. Boyle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. Boyle then graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the law review, before beginning his career in private practice.

David Boyle

Head of Business and Legal Affairs

Drawing on over twenty-five (25) years of experience, David Boyle operates as a business and legal affairs and strategic planning advisor in motion picture production, finance and distribution.

For over twelve (12) years, Boyle oversaw all business operations of Radar Pictures, including finance, corporate development and strategic planning, led negotiations for all development, production, financing and distribution agreements with talent and major studios, and supervised all administrative functions of the company. During Boyle's tenure, Radar's movies generated nearly $2 billion in worldwide revenue.

Highlights of Boyle's contributions to the company include overseeing the financing and administration of Radar's $100 million film fund, managing Radar's successful alliance with Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and leading negotiations for such films as The Last Samurai,The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. When Radar's venture with Platinum Dunes expired, Michael Bay engaged Boyle to manage Platinum Dunes' split-rights business model with Dimension Films and Focus Features.

Previously, Boyle was Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Propaganda Films, a seminal music video, commercial, television and motion picture production company, where he served as legal production counsel on commercials and music videos envisioned by such directors as Antoine Fuqua, Gore Verbinski and Mark Romanek and on such films as David Fincher's The Game and Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich.

Boyle is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and serves on the Academy's Nominating Committee for Best Foreign Language Film. Boyle headed UCLA's prestigious Entertainment Symposium for three (3) of the most successful years in its history and continues to serve on its Advisory Board. Boyle earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California at Berkeley. Boyle then graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the law review, before beginning his career in private practice.

Randy Hermann

Chief Financial Officer

Randy Hermann joined Red Granite Pictures as Chief Financial Officer in 2012. In this position, Hermann is responsible for the management of the day-to-day financial operations of the Company as well as leading business development and strategic planning initiatives.  Hermann was responsible for the analyzing the investment in and securing the financing for Dumb and Dumber To and Daddy’s Home.  In addition, Hermann has negotiated, structured and closed $215 million in production and Ultimates Loans for the Company.

From 2011 to 2012, Hermann was the Chief Financial Officer of Exclusive Media where he structured a corporate credit facility as well as single picture financings for End of Watch starring Jake Gyllenhaal; Snitch starring Dwayne Johnson; and Ron Howard's Rush. In addition, Hermann oversaw preparation of all Exclusive business plans, annual operating budgets, financial greenlight analyses and film Ultimates.  Hermann also managed the transition of the finance and accounting functions from London to Los Angeles.

From 2006 to 2011, Hermann was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Essential Entertainment. While at Essential, Hermann structured and closed financings for the successful Australian film Red Dog and the Canadian/Belgian co-production The Expatriate starring Aaron Eckhart.

From 1996 to 2006, Hermann was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Mandalay Pictures. During the ten years Hermann worked with Mandalay he arranged over $600 million in production financing, structured a $40 million insurance-backed transaction, helped secure a $50 million equity investment and arranged more than $90 million in tax-advantaged financing.

Before beginning his career in the film business, Hermann had a successful career in financial services as a financial analyst at Drexel Burnham Lambert, an associate with Chemical Bank in New York and later as an associate director with BA Securities in Los Angeles.

Hermann has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the University of California, Berkeley. Hermann currently serves on the Board of Trustees at The Oaks School, where is in on the Executive and Finance Committees.  He was also a member of the Finance and Audit Committees of Children's Hospital Los Angeles from 2003 to 2010.

David Koplan

President of Production

David Koplan is an American Film Producer, currently serving as President of Production for Red Granite Pictures. Red Granite Pictures has developed, produced, and structured financing for a slate of films generating more than $835 million in worldwide box office revenue.

Currently, Koplan is a Producer on the feature film entitled Papillon, which stars Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak) with principal photography commencing in the fall of 2016. He previously served as an Executive Producer on the huge hit entitled Daddy’s Home directed by Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2, That’s My Boy) and written by Sean Anders, John Morris (We’re The Millers, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) and Brian Burns (Blue Bloods, Entourage). The film stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini, and it was released by Paramount Pictures on Christmas Day 2015. Koplan also previously served as Executive Producer on the successful 2014, Dumb and Dumber To written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something about Mary). The film was released by Universal Pictures and starred Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. Also, releasing in 2014, Koplan served as Executive Producer on The Rewrite written and directed by Marc Lawrence (Two Weeks Notice, Music & Lyrics) and starred Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei.

Koplan has served as either Producer or Executive producer on a wide range of award winning independent films over the years, including, Thanks for Sharing, written and directed by Academy Award Nominee Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are