Film producer Steve Whitney’s movies have grossed over $1 Billion in worldwide box office revenue. Whitney was born in Iowa and raised in California. After college at Santa Clara University, Whitney began his career as a literary agent at the Century City-based entertainment company The Agency. There, Whitney developed and packaged such films as Wyatt Earp starring Kevin Costner, Return To Paradise with Vince Vaughn and Juaquin Phoenix, Murder in the First with Kevin Beacon and Christian Slater, Passenger 57 with Wesley Snipes, and the Academy Award nominated film The Hurricane with Denzel Washington.
Whitney moved to Carol Bodie Entertainment to become VP of Production and a talent manager where he worked with such clients as Winona Ryder, William Baldwin, Rosie Perez, Dylan McDermott, and Gina Gershon. As VP, Whitney worked on the film Girl, Interrupted which garnered Angelina Jolie the Academy Award for best actress.
Whitney then founded Integrated Management & Films to produce films as well as represent talent. In year one, Whitney set up the bestselling novel The Rackets at ABC starring William Baldwin and directed by Academy Award winning director Sydney Pollack. He followed that up with TV projects at NBC, VH1, Fox Studios, FX, TNT, Warner Bros., and Disney. His literary clients included the screenwriters of Enemy of the State starring Gene Hackman & Will Smith, the horror franchise Final Destination, the Warner Bros. thriller Deep Blue Sea and the Fox action franchise Die Hard amongst others.
Whitney Executive Produced the remake of Amityville Horror, starring Ryan Reynolds, which opened as the #1 movie in America for Weinstein Company and MGM. He then Executive Produced the family friendly true story of the iconic dog Rin Tin Tin for Nu Image/Millennium and the Jenna Dewan thriller Tamara.
Whitney merged with former CAA agent Michael Menchel & Relevant Entertainment where he Executive Produced the true life thriller Borderland for Lion’s Gate which premiered at the South by Southwest film festival and was released theatrically under the prestigious After Dark banner. He then packaged the ABC television series Dirty, Sexy, Money with Donald Sutherland, William Baldwin, and Peter Krausse.
After starting Whitney Entertainment, Whitney Executive Produced the thriller Haunting in Connecticut starring Academy Award nominee Virginia Madsen for Lion’s Gate. Produced for under $10 million it opened at #2 in the country at $26 million and went on to make over $100 million in worldwide box office.
After the success of the Sundance darling Scratch in his early career, Whitney returned to music related stories to Executive Produce along with Simon Cowell the film One Chance; the inspirational true story of opera singer Paul Potts for the Weinstein Company. The film starred CBS Late Late Show host James Corden and Taylor Swift received a Golden Globe nomination for best song.
This last year saw Whitney produce the true World War II documentary A Wing and a Prayer about the prevention of the second Holocaust in 1948. The film has won numerous awards around the world and was the highest rated one hour program for PBS in the last ten years.
2017 will see Whitney release three projects: He served as Executive Producer on another chapter in the successful Amityville franchise entitled Amityville: The Awakening starring Academy Award nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh and pop star Bell Thorne. He returned to Iowa to Executive Produce the psychological thriller Mr. Thursday shot entirely on location in the Quad City area. Lastly, he produced the documentary Discovery Gloria directed by award winning filmmaker Boaz Dvir about a school teacher’s groundbreaking techniques to inspire inner city kids to learn.
Whitney has one child a son named Robert.