John Davis (producer)

John Andrew Davis (born July 20, 1954) is an American film producer and founder of Davis Entertainment.

John Davis
John Andrew Davis

(1954-07-20) July 20, 1954
Alma materBowdoin College
Harvard Business School
OccupationFilm producer
Known forFounder of Davis Entertainment
ChildrenJack, Catherine, Jensen
Parent(s)Marvin Davis
Barbara Davis


Davis was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, the son of Barbara Davis (née Levine), a philanthropist, and former 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis (1925–2004).[1] His interest in cinema began as a youth when his father purchased the neighborhood film theater, where he sold popcorn and subsequently viewed up to 300 films a year. Davis graduated from Bowdoin College, attended Amherst College and received an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.


Davis, Chairman of Los Angeles-based Davis Entertainment, has been a producer on more than 100 feature films and movies for television that have earned more than $5 billion worldwide.[2]

Davis Entertainment produces projects for all studios, mini-majors, and several broadcast networks.

Davis Entertainment produced the reimagining of the Predator series, The Predator, by filmmaker Shane Black, and a sequel to Shaft, directed by Tim Story, and including the return of both Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Roundtree. They are also working on Jungle Cruise at Disney starring Dwayne Johnson, and the Paramount drama Ness, with Paul Greengrass attached to direct.

Some of Davis’s many feature film productions include Game Night, a New Line comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams; the animated Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha; five time Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell's biographical comedy-drama Joy (2015), starring Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Bradley Cooper, for 20th Century Fox; a big screen version of the 1960s TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E., starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, for Warner Bros.;[3] Victor Frankenstein, a re-imagining of the horror classic Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy for Fox;[4] the $100 million plus-grossing, micro-budgeted Chronicle; the sci-fi thriller I, Robot, starring Will Smith; the Jim Carrey starrer Mr. Popper's Penguins; Norbit, the comedy starring Eddie Murphy for DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures; the blockbuster The Firm, starring Tom Cruise; the two Dr. Dolittle films, starring Eddie Murphy; the Garfield franchise series for Fox; Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner; the Eddie Murphy comedy Daddy Day Care; Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the Jack Lemmon/Walter Matthau trilogy Out to Sea, Grumpy Old Men, and Grumpier Old Men; Behind Enemy Lines, starring Owen Wilson and Gene Hackman; Predator 2, John Woo's Paycheck, starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman, for Paramount Pictures; and Alien vs. Predator, an action thriller combining the two iconic cinematic aliens, among many others.

New television projects include Alex, Inc., an ABC comedy starring Zach Braff and Michael Imperioli set to debut this upcoming television season.

For past television, Davis Entertainment developed and executive produced the NBC hour long drama The Blacklist, a Sony Television production,[5] as well as NBC's action drama Timeless and ABC's hit comedy Dr. Ken starring Ken Jeong.

Other projects

Davis’ successful business ventures include the fastest growing restaurant company in America, Blaze Pizza. Davis’s newest restaurant venture is Bacoshop, a fast casual concept, which opened up in March in Culver City, California. He’s partnered in this venture with acclaimed Los Angeles chef Josef Centeno. Davis has been previously involved and on the board of Wetzel's Pretzels. For 25 years, he owned and operated various network TV stations.

Personal life

Davis is married to Jordan Davis. They have three children: Jack, Catherine and Jensen, as mentioned in the Garfield: The Movie DVD commentary. Davis's three children said that the CG version of Garfield looked "evil" when they first saw him.


All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Notes
Three O'Clock HighCo-producer
1988License to Drive
1989Little Monsters
1990The Last of the Finest
Enid Is Sleeping
Predator 2
1992StoryvilleExecutive producer
The Firm
The Thing Called Love
Grumpy Old Men
1994Richie Rich
1995The Hunted
Denise Calls UpExecutive producer
The Grass Harp
Grumpier Old Men
1996Courage Under Fire
The Chamber
1997Lewis and Clark and GeorgeExecutive producer
Out to Sea
Digging to China
Bad MannersExecutive producer
1998Dr. Dolittle
1999The SettlementExecutive producer
Dudley Do-Right
Rites of PassageExecutive producer
2000Labor PainsCo-executive producer
Dr. Dolittle 2
Behind Enemy Lines
2002Life or Something Like It
29 PalmsExecutive producer
2003Happy HourExecutive producer
Daddy Day Care
Devil's PondDirect-to-video
2004Garfield: The Movie
I, Robot
Alien vs. Predator
First Daughter
Fat Albert
Flight of the Phoenix
2005At LastExecutive producer
2006When a Stranger Calls
Dr. Dolittle 3Direct-to-video
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Daddy Day CampExecutive producer
The Heartbreak KidExecutive producer
Garfield Gets RealDirect-to-video
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
2008Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the ChiefDirect-to-video
Garfield's Fun FestDirect-to-video
The Express: The Ernie Davis Story
2009Behind Enemy Lines: ColombiaDirect-to-video
Executive producer
Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar MuttsDirect-to-video
Garfield's Pet ForceDirect-to-video
Gulliver's Travels
2011A Little Bit of Heaven
Mr. Popper's Penguins
2014Devil's Due
2015The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Victor Frankenstein
2018Game Night
Our HouseExecutive producer
The Predator
Dolemite Is My Name
2020Jungle Cruise
Year Film Notes
1990TexasvilleMany thanks


Year Title Notes
1990Dangerous PassionTelevision film
Executive producer
Curiosity KillsTelevision film
Executive producer
SilhouetteTelevision film
Executive producer
1992Wild CardExecutive producer
1993VoyageTelevision film
Caught in the ActTelevision film
Executive producer
The Last OutlawTelevision film
1994This Can't Be LoveTelevision film
Executive producer
Tears and Laughter: The Joan and Melissa Rivers StoryTelevision film
One ChristmasTelevision film
1995KidnappedTelevision film
1997AsteroidTelevision film
Executive producer
Volcano: Fire on the MountainTelevision film
Executive producer
1998Miracle at MidnightTelevision film
Executive producer
1999The Jesse Ventura StoryTelevision film
Executive producer
2000Little RichardTelevision film
Executive producer
2002Bobbie's GirlTelevision film
Executive producer
2005Nadine in Date LandTelevision film
Executive producer
Life Is RuffTelevision film
Executive producer
2007Jump In!Television film
Executive producer
2011Locke & Key
2013-19The BlacklistExecutive producer
2013IronsideExecutive producer
2015The PlayerExecutive producer
2015-17Dr. KenExecutive producer
2016-18TimelessExecutive producer
2017The Blacklist: RedemptionExecutive producer
2018Alex, Inc.Executive producer
2018-19Magnum P.I.Executive producer
Production manager
Year Film Notes
1987The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Production supervisor
1994Doomsday GunTelevision film
Production manager


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  2. Coakley, Jacob (July 11, 2013). "20th Century Fox Commits to Turning Films into Musicals". Stage Directions. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  3. Burlingame, Jon (July 31, 2013). "Guy Ritchie, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer Try to Crack 'U.N.C.L.E.' Movie Challenge". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  4. Fleming Jr, Mike (July 25, 2013). "James McAvoy Tapped By Fox To Play Victor Von Frankenstein". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  5. Rose, Lacey (July 29, 2013). "'The Blacklist' Producers Ink First Look Deal at Sony TV (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
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