Hollywood legend Brian Grazer is an Academy, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy award-winning producer and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. Behind iconic films and shows including A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13, 8 Mile, Splash, 24, Friday Night Lights, Empire, Parenthood and Arrested Development (just to name a few), Grazer's work has been nominated for 43 Oscars and 198 Emmys. He and his long-time partner, Ron Howard continue to produce the highest quality movies, documentaries and television shows of our time.
Named to TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” Grazer co-founded Imagine Entertainment along with his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard in the 1980s, quickly growing it to become one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful production companies. Heralded as a creative visionary and entertainment powerhouse, and described by Russell Crowe in TIME as "a modern-age hunter-gatherer of information," Grazer is renowned for his uncanny prescience, curiosity, and innovative insight.
Grazer also launched Impact, with the mission to democratize access to Hollywood. Impact discovers, cultivates and empowers creative storytellers around the world through a modern development system that mentors them to create their best work from inception to market. In under a year, Impact built a community of 23,000 writers across 80+ countries, developed 61 projects, and set up and/or sold 27 projects - creating a diverse portfolio of projects across genres, formats, and geographies. Impact also launched a proprietary mobile/web platform to directly connect the people who get creative projects made - writers, producers, showrunners and buyers.
Coming from modest means and growing up with dyslexia, Grazer's rise to a mogul in the pantheon of Hollywood is an empowering story of resilience and ingenuity. The secret to Grazer's success and distinct outlook are chronicled in his #1 New York Times bestselling book, A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life, which reveals why curiosity is our superpower to lead bigger and more rewarding lives. His latest book, Face to Face: The Art of Human Connection, reveals yet another key to happiness and success: the transformative power of eye contact.
Grazer feels passionate about creating good in the world, and has been honored for his global humanitarian work by several organizations including the Simon Wiesenthal Foundation, the Alfred Mann Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, World of Children and the Atlantic Council. Sought-out to speak everywhere from Google to Goldman Sachs, SXSW to the Aspen Institute, Grazer has helped everyone from parents to CEOs to artists to young graduates hone the mindset, philosophy, and skills needed to thrive in turbulent times.
Grazer and his longtime friend and business partner Ron Howard are renowned as being one of the longest running partnerships in Hollywood. They continue to run Imagine together as chairmen.