Producer, Out of the Blue... Entertainment

Sid Ganis founded Out of the Blue... Entertainment in 1996, following a distinguished career as an executive at several major studios.

In 2005, Ganis was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and completed the maximum of four, one-year terms. He now serves as a Past President and active advisor to the Academy.

Out of the Blue Entertainment found box office success with its first two productions: Columbia’s Big Daddy, starring Adam Sandler, and Touchstone’s Deuce Bigalow. Then came Mr. Deeds, starring Sandler and Winona Ryder, and The Master of Disguise, starring Dana Carvey. Ganis and his wife, Nancy Hult Ganis, produced the critical success Akeelah and the Bee, staring Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, and Keke Palmer.

Prior to founding Out of the Blue..., Ganis held various positions at Sony Pictures, including Vice Chairman of Columbia Pictures and President of Worldwide Marketing for Columbia/Tristar.

Before joining Sony, Ganis served for five years at Paramount Pictures. As President of the Motion Picture Group he green-lit the box-office hit Ghost and purchased the rights to Winston Groom’s novel Forrest Gump, which would go on to win six Academy Awards including Best Picture. Previously, Ganis served as Senior Vice President of Lucasfilm, Ltd., working closely with George Lucas on the production and marketing of The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders Of The Lost Ark, and other films. Ganis won an Emmy for producing the behind-the-scenes documentary The Making Of Raiders....

Recently, he Co–Executive Produced the ABC series PAN AM on which Nancy was Exec Producer.

Currently he is involved in a number of ventures in China including as a partner in Jiaflix Enterprises which, together with M1905 (China’s movie website), provides films via the Internet. He is also honorary Chairman of China’s Wuxi Studios.

He is also honorary Chariman of Wuxi Studio. In addition, Ganis also serves as an advisor to Dolby Laboratories.

Ganis is on the boards of FIND (Film Independent), the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, and the San Francisco Film Society. In addition, Ganis served on the board of Marvel Entertainment for 10 years until its sale to Disney.

Speaker years: 
2013