Biography

Gary Barber is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM),  a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally.  He joined the company in December 2010.

After emerging from bankruptcy in 2010, with Mr. Barber at the helm, MGM produced the 23rd James Bond adventure, “Skyfall,” along with Eon Productions and Sony Pictures, which made over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office and became the highest-grossing Bond film of all time. Just one month later, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a production of New Line Cinema and MGM, was released and went on to surpass $1 billion worldwide, earning MGM the impressive distinction of being the first studio with back-to-back billion dollar releases. Under Mr. Barber’s leadership, MGM has also financed or produced highly successful films such as “21 Jump Street” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” 

Also thriving under Mr. Barber’s direction is MGM’s television division. The company has been responsible for new programs such as the drama series “Vikings” with HISTORY, “Teen Wolf” with MTV and a new series based on the Oscar®-winning film “Fargo” for FX. 

Mr. Barber co-founded the production, finance and distribution company Spyglass Entertainment in 1998.  Mr. Barber continues to serve as Co-Chairman of the Board of Spyglass.

Spyglass’ slate of films has grossed over $5 billion in worldwide box office to date and has amassed over 34 Oscar® nominations, including four wins. Spyglass produced such films as “The Sixth Sense,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “27 Dresses,” “Wanted,” “Four Christmases,” “Star Trek,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Invictus,” “Leap Year,” “Get Him To the Greek,” “Dinner For Schmucks,” “The Tourist,” “The Dilemma,” “No Strings Attached,” “The Vow” and the “Footloose” remake.

Mr. Barber has produced numerous feature films and has run business entities in feature film production, foreign distribution, music and exhibition. From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Barber was with Morgan Creek and served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, Mr. Barber served as President of Vestron International Group.

Mr. Barber received his undergraduate and post graduate degrees from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Earlier in his career, he practiced as a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant in both South Africa and the USA with Price Waterhouse.

/Biography provided by MGM.com/

Gary Barber is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (MGM),  a leading entertainment company focused on the production and distribution of film and television content globally.  He joined the company in December 2010.

After emerging from bankruptcy in 2010, with Mr. Barber at the helm, MGM produced the 23rd James Bond adventure, “Skyfall,” along with Eon Productions and Sony Pictures, which made over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office and became the highest-grossing Bond film of all time. Just one month later, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a production of New Line Cinema and MGM, was released and went on to surpass $1 billion worldwide, earning MGM the impressive distinction of being the first studio with back-to-back billion dollar releases. Under Mr. Barber’s leadership, MGM has also financed or produced highly successful films such as “21 Jump Street” and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.” 

Also thriving under Mr. Barber’s direction is MGM’s television division. The company has been responsible for new programs such as the drama series “Vikings” with HISTORY, “Teen Wolf” with MTV and a new series based on the Oscar®-winning film “Fargo” for FX. 

Mr. Barber co-founded the production, finance and distribution company Spyglass Entertainment in 1998.  Mr. Barber continues to serve as Co-Chairman of the Board of Spyglass.

Spyglass’ slate of films has grossed over $5 billion in worldwide box office to date and has amassed over 34 Oscar® nominations, including four wins. Spyglass produced such films as “The Sixth Sense,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “27 Dresses,” “Wanted,” “Four Christmases,” “Star Trek,” “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “Invictus,” “Leap Year,” “Get Him To the Greek,” “Dinner For Schmucks,” “The Tourist,” “The Dilemma,” “No Strings Attached,” “The Vow” and the “Footloose” remake.

Mr. Barber has produced numerous feature films and has run business entities in feature film production, foreign distribution, music and exhibition. From 1989 to 1997, Mr. Barber was with Morgan Creek and served as Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, Mr. Barber served as President of Vestron International Group.

Mr. Barber received his undergraduate and post graduate degrees from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. Earlier in his career, he practiced as a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant in both South Africa and the USA with Price Waterhouse.

/Biography provided by MGM.com/

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Known For Production

Gender Male

Known Credits 51

Birthday 1957-01-01

Place of Birth Johannesburg - South Africa

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2014 RoboCop Producer
2013 G.I. Joe: Retaliation Executive Producer
2012 The Vow Producer
2011 Footloose Executive Producer
2011 No Strings Attached Executive Producer
2010 The Tourist Producer
2010 Dinner for Schmucks Executive Producer
2009 Invictus Executive Producer
2008 Four Christmases Producer
2008 Ghost Town Executive Producer
2008 Flash of Genius Producer
2008 The Love Guru Executive Producer
2008 Wanted Executive Producer
2008 The Happening Executive Producer
2008 27 Dresses Producer
2007 Balls of Fury Producer
2007 Underdog Producer
2007 Evan Almighty Producer
2007 The Invisible Producer
2007 The Lookout Producer
2006 Stick It Executive Producer
2006 Stay Alive Executive Producer
2006 Eight Below Producer
2005 The Legend of Zorro Executive Producer
2005 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Producer
2005 The Pacifier Producer
2004 Mr. 3000 Producer
2003 Seabiscuit Executive Producer
2003 Bruce Almighty Executive Producer
2003 Shanghai Knights Producer
2003 The Recruit Producer
2002 Reign of Fire Producer
2002 Dragonfly Producer
2002 The Count of Monte Cristo Producer
2000 Unbreakable Executive Producer
2000 Shanghai Noon Producer
1998 Major League: Back to the Minors Executive Producer
1997 Incognito Executive Producer
1996 Bad Moon Executive Producer
1995 Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Executive Producer
1994 Trial by Jury Executive Producer
1994 Chasers Executive Producer
1994 Major League II Executive Producer
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Executive Producer
1993 True Romance Producer
1993 The Crush Executive Producer
1992 White Sands Executive Producer
1992 Freejack Executive Producer
1991 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Executive Producer
1990 Pacific Heights Co-Executive Producer
1989 Communion Executive Producer

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