A 1983 graduate of the University of Southern California, Gary Foster began his career as a producer in the mid 1980s.  At the age of 25, he produced his first film, Short Circuit and the success of the film put the young producer’s career in full swing.  In 1993, Foster produced the Oscar® and Golden Globe-nominated hit Sleepless in Seattle, which grossed more than $300 million worldwide.

Foster served as president of Lee Rich Productions from 1993-1995 and produced Just Cause, The Amazing Panda Adventure, and Big Bully.  In 1996, he made one of the iconic sports movies Tin Cup starring Kevin Costner, written and directed by Ron Shelton and co-written by John Norville.

In 2001, Foster produced The Score, which brought together the talents of Robert De Niro, Edward Norton and Marlon Brando. Frank Oz directed the crime thriller, which was the last film of Brando’s legendary career.

In 2003, he began a series of three movies for Marvel Studios. Foster produced Daredevil (Fox/New Regency) starring Ben Affleck in the title role, which was followed in 2005 by Elektra (Fox/New Regency) starring Jennifer Garner, and finally, Ghost Rider (Sony) in 2006 starring Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes.

Other feature credits also include: Gloria, Desperate Measures, Loverboy and Side Out.

In 2009, he produced The Soloist starring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey, Jr. The film was directed by Joe Wright and written by Susannah Grant. Based on the true story of Steve Lopez and Nathaniel Ayers, the film takes a unique look into the unlikely friendship between a LA Times journalist and schizophrenic musician who resides on Skid Row in Los Angeles. The film had far reaching effect as it helped erase the stigma of mental illness around the world.

Because of the film, Gary joined the Board of Directors of Lamp Community, a homeless shelter and mental health services provider in Los Angeles. He served as the Board Chairman and orchestrated a merger with like-minded agency called OPCC. Today, The People Concern is one of the largest agencies in Los Angeles dealing with the enormous issue of homelessness.

In January of 2010, Foster produced When In Rome (The Walt Disney Company), a comedy with romance starring Kristen Bell and Josh Duhamel. Mark Steven Johnson directed it.

Foster Executive Produced Ghost Rider: The Spirit Of Vengance for Sony.

Gary developed with his partner Russ Krasnoff and Dan Harmon, the acclaimed series Community. He was an Executive Producer for all 6 seasons of the NBC/Yahoo/Sony Pictures Television comedy series starring Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong.

In 2013, Foster produced Emperor starring Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones. Peter Webber directed the film set amidst the tensions and uncertainties of the days immediately following the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. Emperor was written by David Klass and Vera Blasi. Fox portrays Gen. Bonner Fellers, charged with reaching a decision on whether Emperor Hirohito be tried and hanged as a war criminal. Tommy Lee Jones took on the role of the iconic General Douglas MacArthur.

In September of 2014 Foster Produced with Rachael Horovitz, Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady starring Kevin Kline, Dame Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. The film premiered at The Toronto International Film Festival and continues to play successfully around the world.

Foster and Krasnoff’s Executive Produced the series Satisfaction that aired on the USA Network for two seasons. Created by Sean Jablonski, it starred Matt Passmore and Stephanie Szostak.

In 2016 Foster produced the BAFTA nominated film Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson and Timothy Spall. Screenplay by David Hare, the film follows the true story of Deborah Lipstadt’s libel trial in London against David Irving, who she accused of Holocaust denial. In the world of fake news, the film addresses the difference between truth, lies and opinion. Directed by Mick Jackson, Denial was financed by Participant Media and BBC Films.

Foster is partnered with former President of Sony Pictures Television Russ Krasnoff.  Working in both the feature film and television world, Krasnoff/Foster Entertainment produces for both the big and small screens.


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