Scott Rudin

Scott Rudin (born July 14, 1958)[1] is an American film, TV and theatre producer.

Scott Rudin
Born (1958-07-14) July 14, 1958
Years active1978–present

His notable films include the Academy Award-winning Best Picture No Country for Old Men, as well as Lady Bird, Fences, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, School of Rock, The Hours, Zoolander, The Truman Show, The First Wives Club, Clueless, The Firm, The Addams Family, and eight Wes Anderson films.[2] On Broadway, he has won fifteen Tony Awards for shows such as The Book of Mormon, Hello, Dolly!, The Humans, A View from the Bridge, Fences, and Passion.[3] His television credits include executive-producing Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom for HBO and School of Rock for Nickelodeon.

In 2012, Rudin became one of the few people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award, and the first producer to do so.

Early life

Rudin was born and raised in the town of Baldwin, New York, on Long Island.[1] His family is Jewish.[4][5]


At the age of 16, he started working as an assistant to theatre producer Kermit Bloomgarden. Later, he worked for producers Robert Whitehead and Emanuel Azenberg. In lieu of attending college, Rudin took a job as a casting director and ended up starting his own company. His newly minted firm cast numerous Broadway shows, including Annie (1977) for Mike Nichols. He also cast PBS's Verna: USO Girl (1978), starring Sissy Spacek and William Hurt; and the mini-series The Scarlet Letter (1979) starring Meg Foster, Kevin Conway and John Heard; also, the films King of the Gypsies (1978), The Wanderers (1979), Simon (1980) with Alan Arkin and Resurrection (1980).[6]

Film producer

In 1980, Rudin moved to Los Angeles, taking up employment at Edgar J. Scherick Associates, where he served as producer on a variety of films including I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can (1981), the NBC miniseries Little Gloria... Happy at Last (1982) and the Oscar-winning documentary He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983).[6]

Rudin then formed his own company, Scott Rudin Productions. His first film under that banner was Gillian Armstrong's Mrs. Soffel (1984). Not long after, Rudin placed his production shingle in dormancy and joined 20th Century-Fox as an executive producer. At Fox, he met Jonathan Dolgen, a higher-level executive, with whom he would be working once again at Paramount Pictures years later. Rudin rose through the ranks at Fox and became president of production in 1986 at 28 years old.[6]

His stint at the top of Fox was short lived, and he soon left and entered into a producing deal with Paramount. On August 1, 1992, Rudin signed a deal with Tri-Star Pictures but soon moved back to Paramount. Rudin's first look deal with Paramount Pictures lasted nearly 15 years, producing pictures including The First Wives Club, The Addams Family, Clueless, Sabrina, and Sleepy Hollow.

After the resignation of Paramount's chairwoman Sherry Lansing in 2004 and nearly simultaneous departure of Jonathan Dolgen (then president of the company), Rudin left the studio and set a five-year first-look pact with Disney that allowed him to make movies under their labels Touchstone Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures, Hollywood Pictures, and Miramax Films, whose founders Harvey and Bob Weinstein had departed.[7] Previously, Harvey Weinstein and Rudin had public confrontations during the production of The Hours (2002), which Rudin produced for Miramax Films after it became a studio subsidiary under Disney. Rudin later said he and Weinstein "are both control freaks. We both want to run our own shows. When I'm doing a Miramax movie, I work for him. And I don't like that feeling. I chafe under that. I especially chafe under it when I feel that I'm on a leash."[8]

Some of his recent projects have included lower-budget, independent films. In 2017 and 2018, Rudin and studio A24 released three films about adolescence by first-time writer/directors: Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, Bo Burnham's Eighth Grade, and Jonah Hill's Mid90s.[9]

Theater producer

Scott Rudin has won seventeen Tony Awards (out of 46 nominations) and fifteen Drama Desk Awards (out of 33 nominations) for his Broadway productions. Typically producing between two and five productions per year, he is one of Broadway's most prolific commercial producers.[10]

His first Broadway play, David Henry Hwang's Face Value in 1993, was produced alongside Stuart Ostrow and Jujamcyn Theaters, and it closed after eight preview performances.[11] He started a deal with Jujamcyn to develop and produce new plays for the theater chain. In 1994, Rudin won the Best Musical Tony Award for his production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Passion. The following year, he co-produced Kathleen Turner's Broadway comeback, Indiscretions, and Ralph Fiennes' New York stage debut in Hamlet. In 1996, Rudin produced the revival of the Stephen Sondheim and Larry Gelbart musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, for which Nathan Lane won his first Tony Award. His subsequent productions and co-productions have included Skylight, The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?, Seven Guitars, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Copenhagen, Deuce, The History Boys, Beckett/Albee, Closer, The Blue Room, Doubt, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Year of Magical Thinking, A Behanding in Spokane, God of Carnage, The House of Blue Leaves, and Exit The King.

In 2010, Rudin and Carole Shorenstein Hays produced the first Broadway revival of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fences, directed by Kenny Leon and starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. Fences garnered ten Tony Award nominations and three wins, including Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor for Washington, and Best Actress for Davis. He would later produce the 2016 film adaptation of Fences.

The following year, Rudin was the lead producer for the record-breaking Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, which opened in March 2011 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The show won nine Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The production continues to run, having played more than 3,000 performances in New York. The show has also played in London, Australia, Europe, Asia, and on tour across the United States.[12]

Since 2011, Rudin has won Tony Awards for lead-producing Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (directed by Mike Nichols and starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield), Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun (starring Denzel Washington), David Hare's Skylight (directed by Stephen Daldry and starring Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy), Stephen Karam's The Humans, Ivo van Hove's staging of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge, and the record-breaking revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler. Other notable productions include Larry David's Fish in the Dark, a hit comedy that took in "more than $13.5 million in advance sales at the box office [which] beats the previous record for a play, $13.05 million for the 2013 revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal," which Rudin produced starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz.[13]

Rudin produced the first Broadway production of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird, newly adapted for the stage by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Bartlett Sher, and starring Jeff Daniels.[14] The production opened to critical acclaim at the Shubert Theatre on December 13, 2018.[15] During the week ending on December 23, 2018, the production grossed over $1.5 million, breaking the record for box office grosses for a non-musical play in a theater owned by The Shubert Organization.[16]

In March 2018, prior to the play's opening, the Harper Lee estate filed a lawsuit against the play's production company based on allegations that the play deviates too much from the novel.[17] Sorkin had previously admitted that, "As far as Atticus and his virtue goes, this is a different take on Mockingbird than Harper Lee's or Horton Foote's. He becomes Atticus Finch by the end of the play, and while he’s going along, he has a kind of running argument with Calpurnia, the housekeeper, which is a much bigger role in the play I just wrote. He is in denial about his neighbors and his friends and the world around him, that it is as racist as it is, that a Maycomb County jury could possibly put Tom Robinson in jail when it’s so obvious what happened here. He becomes an apologist for these people."[18] The following month, producer Rudin countersued for breach of contract. The legal dispute was settled by May 2018.[19]

Prior to the run of Sorkin's adaptation, another version of the play by Christopher Sergel had been available for license for over 50 years. Since the opening of Sorkin's adaptation, lawyers acting for Atticus Limited Liability Company (the company formed by Rudin for the Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird) claimed worldwide exclusivity for professional stage rights to any adaptation of Lee's book.[20] The company has moved aggressively to shut down all other productions of To Kill a Mockingbird staged within 25 miles of any city ALLC determines to be a major metropolitan center that might eventually host the Sorkin adaptation –– even though the companies had been legally granted rights by Dramatic Publishing Co. to produce the Sergel adaptation.[21] One of the amateur companies, The Grand Theatre, estimated that the cancellation of Mockingbird would cost the theatre some $20,000.[22] In the week that the New York Times story ran, it was revealed that Rudin had recently purchased a $15 million New York City home from former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Garter.[23]

Media scrutiny

Rudin has drawn attention for his choice to withdraw from at least two major Broadway productions. He left the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Clybourne Park in February 2012 ahead of an April opening, due to a feud with writer Bruce Norris that was unrelated to the play.[24] At the time, the New York Post's Michael Riedel said, "And like Merrick, he does not suffer fools, especially ones who go back on their word."[25] Jujamcyn Theaters president Jordan Roth ultimately produced Clybourne Park, and it won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. In 2015, it was announced that Rudin would produce Groundhog Day, a musical adaptation of the film Groundhog Day, originally starring Bill Murray. Tim Minchin, who penned the award-winning adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical, wrote the music and lyrics, and screenwriter Danny Rubin wrote the book. Rudin withdrew from the production in June 2016, citing creative differences with the production team.[26] Groundhog Day opened on Broadway in 2017 and was a financial failure, closing after just five months.[27]

In 2013, after New York Times theatre reporter Patrick Healy published an interview with Colm Toibin, the author of Rudin's financially-unsuccessful The Testament of Mary, Rudin ran an advertisement in the Times, saying: "Let's give a big cuddly shout-out to Pat Healy, infant provocateur and amateur journalist at The New York Times. Keep it up, Pat -- one day perhaps you'll learn something about how Broadway works, and maybe even understand it."[28][29]

In 2016, in a throwback to an earlier practice on Broadway, Rudin demanded that all critics attend the Opening Night performance of his production of The Front Page, which starred Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Holland Taylor, and Robert Morse. (Typically, critics are invited to several performances prior to Opening Night, giving them ample time to file reviews.) In a public dispute, Hollywood Reporter critic David Rooney, who had a conflict on the date of the Opening, balked at the change, adding, "You know nobody works at that pace anymore, right?" Rudin shot back, "Critics reviewed shows on Broadway this way for 100 years. You can do it for one night. Get over it." Rooney's rave review eventually ran two days later than other New York critics, on October 23.[30]

Sony Pictures Entertainment hack

On December 9, 2014, a major illegal breach of Sony's computer systems by "Guardians of Peace" hackers using Shamoon malware led to disclosure of many gigabytes of stolen information, including internal company documents. In subsequent news coverage SPE Co-Chair Amy Pascal and Scott Rudin were noted to have had an email exchange about Pascal's upcoming encounter with President Barack Obama that included characterizations described as racist.[31][32][33] Both he and Pascal later apologized.[33]

The two had suggested they should mention films about African-Americans upon meeting the president, such as Django Unchained, 12 Years a Slave, The Butler, and Amistad which all discuss slavery in the United States or the pre-civil rights era.[31][32][33] In the e-mail thread, Rudin added, "I bet he likes Kevin Hart."[32][33] Rudin later said that the e-mails were "private emails between friends and colleagues written in haste and without much thought or sensitivity."[31][33] He added that he was "profoundly and deeply sorry."[31][33]


Rudin is widely considered to be one of the worst bosses in the entertainment industry.[34]

He has been called "Hollywood's biggest a-hole" (Page Six),[35] "the most feared man in town" (The Hollywood Reporter),[36] and notoriously hot-tempered.[37] John Gregory Dunne wrote about his abusive treatment of subordinates.[38] In a 2008 interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Rudin acknowledged having a temper, but said he has grown up.[39]


In 2012, Rudin became the first producer to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.

In 2008, two of Rudin's productions—the Coen brothers' No Country for Old Men, which they adapted from the Cormac McCarthy book of the same name, and Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, which was adapted from the Upton Sinclair novel, Oil!—were nominated for eight Oscars apiece at the 2008 Academy Awards, including a Best Picture nod for each. The two films shared the distinction of being the most nominated movies at that year's Oscar ceremony. Ultimately, No Country for Old Men won the Best Picture prize, with Rudin accepting the award on stage.[40]

Rudin won Primetime Emmy awards for Little Gloria... Happy at Last and School of Rock, and both Primetime and Daytime Emmys for He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin'. He won a Grammy award for The Book of Mormon.

At the 2011 Producers Guild of America (PGA) Awards, Rudin became the only person ever to be nominated twice in one year.[41] He was nominated (along with Dana Brunetti, Ceán Chaffin and Michael De Luca) for producing the Facebook biographical film The Social Network and was also nominated (along with Joel and Ethan Coen) for their remake of the classic western True Grit (2010). That same year, the PGA also awarded Rudin the David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Motion Pictures which recognizes an individual's outstanding body of work in the field of motion picture production.[42]


All films, he was producer unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Notes Ref.
1982I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Mrs. Soffel
1990FlatlinersExecutive producer
Pacific Heights
1991Regarding Henry
Little Man Tate
The Addams Family
1992White Sands
Sister ActExecutive producer
Jennifer 8Executive producer
1993Life with Mikey
The Firm
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Addams Family Values
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
1994Nobody's Fool
I.Q.Executive producer
The First Wives Club
Marvin's Room
1997In & Out
The Truman Show
A Civil Action
1999South Park: Bigger, Longer & UncutExecutive producer
Bringing Out the Dead
Sleepy Hollow
Angela's Ashes
2000Wonder Boys
Rules of Engagement
The Royal Tenenbaums
2002Orange County
Changing Lanes
The Hours
2003Marci X
School of Rock
2004The Stepford Wives
The Manchurian Candidate
The Village
I Heart Huckabees
Team America: World Police
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
CloserExecutive producer
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate EventsExecutive producer
2006Wild Tigers I Have KnownExecutive producer
Failure to Launch
RepriseExecutive producer
VenusExecutive producer
The QueenExecutive producer
Notes on a Scandal
2007No Country for Old Men
The Darjeeling Limited
Margot at the Wedding
There Will Be BloodExecutive producer
2008The Other Boleyn GirlExecutive producer
Revolutionary Road
2009Julie & JuliaExecutive producer
Fantastic Mr. Fox
It's Complicated
The Way BackExecutive producer
The Social Network
True Grit
2011MoneyballExecutive producer
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
2012The Dictator
Moonrise Kingdom
Frances Ha
2013Inside Llewyn Davis
Captain Phillips
2014The Grand Budapest Hotel
While We're Young
Top Five
Inherent Vice Executive producer
Ex MachinaExecutive producer
2015Mistress America
Steve Jobs
2016Zoolander 2
2017The Meyerowitz Stories
Lady Bird
2018Eighth Grade
Isle of Dogs
The Legacy of a Whitetail Deer Hunter
Game Over, Man!
22 July
The Girl in the Spider's Web
2019Uncut Gems
First CowExecutive producer
2020The Woman in the Window
Untitled Lila Neugebauer project
The Humans
Casting director
Year Film
1978King of the Gypsies
1979Last Embrace
The Wanderers
Hide in Plain Sight
As an actor
Year Film Role
2014While We're YoungParty Guest
Casting department
Year Film Notes
1980ResurrectionCasting: New York
Year Film Notes
2009Away We GoSpecial thanks
2010BeginnersSpecial thanks
2013Night MovesSpecial thanks
2015Louder Than BombsThanks
2016Certain WomenSpecial thanks
2019ShareSpecial thanks


Year Title Type Notes
1980Revenge of the Stepford WivesFilm
1982Little Gloria... Happy at LastMiniseriesExecutive producer
2011Page EightFilmExecutive producer
2012The CorrectionsPilot
2013Aziz Ansari: Buried AliveStand-up filmExecutive producer
Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn DavisDocumentary
2014Silicon ValleySeriesExecutive producer
2012–14The NewsroomSeriesExecutive producer
2017Five Came BackDocumentaryExecutive producer
2016–18School of RockSeriesExecutive producer
2019What We Do in the ShadowsSeriesExecutive producer
My Favorite Shapes by Julio TorresFilmExecutive producer
DiagnosisDocumentaryExecutive producer
First Wives ClubSeriesExecutive producer
BarkskinsSeriesExecutive producer
2020Dispatches from ElsewhereSeriesExecutive producer
DevsMiniseriesExecutive producer
TBAPuritySeriesExecutive producer
Console WarsDocumentary
Miscellaneous crew
Year Title Notes
1996PassionTelevision film
Stage producer
2016The Night OfConsultant
Casting director
Year Title Notes
1979Sanctuary of FearTelevision film
1980The Lathe of HeavenTelevision film

See also


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