Krane, renowned teacher and recipient of the Hollywood Visionary and Peoples' Choice awards, believes the motion picture industry is accidental, but doesn't have to be that way. Krane states, "I believe it can be turned into a rational, predictable Art & Science like all other century-old, multi- billion dollar global manufacturing industries. This theory is based on five fundamental principles identified as the foundation to the movie ...
Krane, renowned teacher and recipient of the Hollywood Visionary and Peoples' Choice awards, believes the motion picture industry is accidental, but doesn't have to be that way. Krane states, "I believe it can be turned into a rational, predictable Art & Science like all other century-old, multi- billion dollar global manufacturing industries. This theory is based on five fundamental principles identified as the foundation to the movie industry."
Krane was Founder, CEO and Chairman of the independent studio MCEG, and is the producer of more than 40 motion pictures, both studio and independent, including Face/Off, the Look Who's Talking trilogy, The General's Daughter, Primary Colors, Phenomenon, Michael, Blind Date, Without You I'm Nothing, Convicts, Cold Heaven and Swordfish, among other hit movies. In his 25 years in the industry, Krane also managed nearly 150 actors and writers, including John Travolta, Kim Basinger, Drew Barrymore, Teresa Russell, Sandra Bernhard and Howie Mandel, and directors such as Stephen Sommers, Nicholas Roeg, Keith Gordon, Randall Kleiser and Blake Edwards, to name a select few. Krane is known for his artistic creativity, ability and wealth of industry knowledge.
Krane believes the unregulated Hollywood movie industry is responsible for "interfering with the creative vision of countless professionals because the movie industry has no articulated, published, or even agreed-upon processes, activities, forces, rules, job functions, rights of passage, or even any definitions of commonly used words. This book was written to fix the 'Accidental Industry.'" While written for the classroom, industry professionals and film buffs will also learn from Krane's powerful insights.
Jonathan D. Krane has been a force for change in the film industry. A graduate of both St. John's College(first in his class) and Yale University School of Law, his background in classical studies and law paved the way for him to identify five fundamental principles as its foundation. Implementing theories based on these principles, he has been able to achieve a high level of success as an industry leader. His career began in 1980 through a partnership with director Blake Edwards. As co-founder of Blake Edwards Entertainment and an Executive Producer on all of Edwards' films, Krane learned the ins and outs of the business from a key position as the first producer/manager. From there, he easily transformed into a studio mogul. His studio – Management Company Entertainment Group (MCEG) – was the first talent management/studio/production company, and the highest performing entertainment stock of 1988. At MCEG, Krane focused on talent, putting Kim Basinger, Bruce Willis, and Bridget Fonda in their first films. Managing over 150 clients, he also produced successful studio and independent films keeping low budgets and high production values.
Overall, Krane has produced 50 movies, both studio and independent. Recognized throughout his career for his work, Krane has received numerous awards and honors including "The Hollywood Visionary Award" in 2000 from the Hollywood Film Festival, a nomination for the Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature for "The Chocolate War", an issue of Daily Variety dedicated to his 20 year career, The People's Choice Award for "Look Who's Talking", as well as The Golden Palm Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival for "The Point of Betrayal", which he co-wrote and produced. Krane has hosted seminars across the country on how to break into the film industry, and lectured at both the AFI Conservatory and USC. For fourteen years, his educational home was the UCLA Extension School, where he taught Motion Picture Production and Talent Management.