Barry Josephson is a veteran of the entertainment industry with a wealth of diverse experience in film, television and music. He has established mainstream success through numerous motion pictures, television series and specials across a variety of genres. As president of Josephson Entertainment, Josephson’s business acumen is derived from the various positions he has held, ranging from a successful talent manager to president of production at Sony Pictures.
Mr. Josephson’s credits include the international hit comedy “Dirty Grandpa” starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron and the critically acclaimed film “Enchanted,” starring Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey. He has also produced the family adventure film “Aliens in the Attic”; the thriller “Hide & Seek,” starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning; the romantic comedy “Life as We Know It,” starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel; “Like Mike”; “The Ladykillers,” written and directed by the Coen Brothers, and starring Tom Hanks; “Wild Wild West,” starring Will Smith; “The Last Boy Scout,” starring Bruce Willis; and “Ricochet,” starring Denzel Washington.
Josephson is also preparing a number of feature projects, including “Circle of Treason” at Focus Features and “The Dive” at 20th Century Fox.
For television, Mr. Josephson produces “Bones” on FOX that just wrapped on its 12th season and the cable period drama “Turn: Washington’s Spies,” starring Jamie Bell, which is going into its 4th season on AMC. His comedy pilot “The Tick,” recently premiered on AMAZON and was ordered for a full 12 episode season, which is written by Ben Edlund and directed by Wally Pfister (“Flaked,” “Transcendence”); Josephson’s previous television credits include the FOX drama “The Finder,” the critically acclaimed “Maximum Bob,” “The Tick,” “Fantasy Island” and the cable series “Tales from the Crypt.” He also executive- produced the syndicated show “Pat Croce Moving In,” as well as a number of cable comedy specials.
Before embarking on full-time producing duties, Mr. Josephson was President of Worldwide Production for Columbia/Sony Pictures, where he began his six-year stint with the studio as a Senior Vice President of Production. During his tenure, Josephson was responsible for such hits as “Men In Black,” “Air Force One,” “In The Line Of Fire,” “The Fifth Element,” “Anaconda,” “Bad Boys,” “The Professional” and “The Craft.” Prior to Columbia Pictures, Josephson held a similar post at Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures, overseeing films such as “The Last Boy Scout”, “Die Hard 2” and “Lethal Weapon 3.”
Josephson is a founding member of Comic Relief. Hosted by Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg, the comedy concert series has raised millions of dollars to aid the plight of the homeless. He is an active advocate of animal rights and sponsors The Cesar Millan Foundation. Josephson played a pivotal role in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, and currently does so in the following organizations: the Commitment to Life Benefit (Supporting AIDS Project Los Angeles), The NHL Entertainment Board and The Austin Film Festival.
Josephson lives in Pacific Palisades, CA, with his wife, Brooke, his daughter, Shira, and his son, Murray.