JONATHAN SANGER (Director)

Jonathan Sanger has enjoyed a long and successful career as both a movie and a theatre producer. To date his films have received 3 Academy Awards, 21 Academy Award nominations, a British Academy Film Award and a French Cesar among many other awards.

Jonathan produced the musical BABY IT’S YOU, which opened on Broadway on April 27, 2011. BABY IT’S YOU has a well-known score of rock ‘n’ roll standards from the 50’s and 60’s. Jonathan’s film producing film credits include THE PRODUCERS - THE MUSICAL (based on the Mel Brooks Broadway musical), for Universal Pictures and Sony Pictures. It starred the original cast - Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, plus Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell. Sanger Executive Produced the Warner Brothers feature WITHOUT LIMITS, starring Billy Crudup and Donald Sutherland, written and directed by Robert Towne.

He subsequently joined C/W Productions where he Executive Produced a number of films including VANILLA SKY, starring Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz, written and directed by Cameron Crowe.

Jonathan’s first produced film was the ELEPHANT MAN, directed by David Lynch and starring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. The film was rewarded with eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, as well as the British Academy Film Awards for Best Motion Picture and the French Cesar Award. Jonathan next went on to produce a story of actress Frances Farmer. FRANCES, starring Jessica Lange, Kim Stanley and Sam Shepard, was nominated for two Oscars. Among the other films recently produced by Jonathan is PARAISO TRAVEL, a groundbreaking film directed by Colombian filmmaker, Simon brand.

Among his numerous credits, are more than fifteen episodic television shows, including TWIN PEAKS, WISEGUY, AND L.A. LAW; CODE NAME:EMERALD, a World War II spy drama filmed in Paris for NBC’s feature film division starring Ed Harris, Max Von Sydow and Eric Stolz and DOWN CAME A BLACKBIRD, starring Laura Dern, Raul Julia, and Vanessa Redgrave for Showtime Networks.

He also wrote and directed the short film entitled PEACEMAKER with Lucas Haas for PBS’ American Playhouse, which won the Houston International Film Festival’s first prize for Best Short Subject. Sanger formed Chanticleer Films and created The Discovery Program in the late 1980’s. This allowed industry professional opportunities to cross over into directing. Forty-two short films were produced, including the Academy Award winning internationally acclaimed RAY MALE HETEROSEXUAL DANCE HALL as well as Academy Award winner, SESSION MAN.

He is the Director of the premiere stage production of THE BIRTHDAY PRESENT 2050. Jonathan received Bachelor of Arts and Masters in Communications at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent three years in the Peace Corps in South America and speaks fluent Spanish.

He is married to Carla Sanger, founder and head of “LA’s BEST”, the nation’s largest after-school program, and has two sons. They live in Los Angeles.