Time Warner Announces Len Amato As New HBO Films Senior Vice President
NEW YORK - Producer and film executive Len Amato has been named senior vice president, HBO Films. The announcement was made by Colin Callender, president, HBO Films, to whom he will report directly. Amato will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of HBO Films for the cable network.
“Len is one of the smartest executives in the industry with an impeccable reputation for good taste and great talent relations,” said Callender. “He has a brilliant sense of story and has wonderful working relations with some of the finest writers in town. We have worked with Len on several occasions and we’re thrilled he is now joining us. He will be a powerful addition to our executive ranks as we ramp up the development of our next slate of HBO Films.”
Prior to joining HBO, Amato was president, Spring Creek Productions, co-founded by film industry veterans Paula Weinstein and Mark Rosenberg. His producer/executive producers credits include: Analyze This and Analyze That starring Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro; Possession featuring Oscar® winner Gywneth Paltrow; Deliver Us From Eva with LL Cool J and Gabrielle Union; Rumor Has It featuring Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Costner and Oscar® winner Shirley MacLaine; and most recently, the Golden Globe and Oscar® nominated Blood Diamond starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly; as well as The Astronaut Farmer with Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen.
He began his association with Spring Creek Productions in the mid 90’s as vice president, Development, running the company’s New York City office. In 1998 he moved to Los Angeles to serve as executive vice president of Baltimore/Spring Creek Pictures, when Weinstein partnered with director Barry Levinson to create the company.
Amato made his producing debut in 1997 with HBO’s First Time Felon, directed by Charles Dutton. He continued his relationship with HBO as executive producer of HBO Films’ Iron Jawed Angels starring Academy Award® winners Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston in 2004.
Earlier on, Amato was a story editor for De Niro’s newly formed Tribeca Productions in New York where he worked on such films as Michael Apted’s Thunderheart and Irwin Winkler’s Night in the City. Amato began his film career as a story analyst for various independent producers and studios.
Prior to his career in the film industry, Amato was both a musician and actor, performing at such renowned venues as CBGB’s and La Mama Experimental Theatre in New York City.
He is a member of the Producers Guild of America.
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