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Nathan Kahane is a partner in, and one of the original founders of, Mandate Pictures. As president of Mandate, Mr. Kahane manages the financing, development, and production of the company’s growing feature slate, nurturing relationships with high-level talent and filmmakers.
Mandate has a distinguished reputation as well as a proven track record of success and profitability. Acquired by Lionsgate in 2007, Mandate continues to operate as an independent brand delivering acclaimed commercial and independent films worldwide. Mandate has carved out a unique position in the film industry, having the creative autonomy and capital to finance, develop, package, and produce such movies as the Academy Award-nominated Juno, directed by Academy Award-nominated Jason Reitman from the Academy Award-winning original screenplay by Diablo Cody. The company recently reteamed with the latter filmmakers on Young Adult, starring Charlize Theron.
Among Mandate’s franchises are the Harold & Kumar and The Grudge movies. The company’s other features have included the multi-Golden Globe Award-nominated 50/50, directed by Jonathan Levine and starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen; Marc Forster’s Stranger than Fiction, staring Golden Globe Award nominee Will Ferrell; Josh Gordon and Will Speck’s The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman; Bryan Bertino’s sleeper hit The Strangers; Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut Whip It!; and Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, directed by Peter Sollett from Lorene Scafaria’s screenplay.
Mandate’s 2012 slate includes Great Hope Springs, a comedy directed by David Frankel and starring Academy Award winners Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones opposite Steve Carell; and LOL, from writer/director Lisa Azuelos, starring Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore.
Mr. Kahane previously headed development and acquisition of feature films for L.A.-based Senator International. Prior to joining Senator International, he co-headed the development and production slate for Mark Canton’s production company, The Canton Company, housed at Warner Bros., where he was executive vice president.
He began his film industry career at International Creative Management, in their agent-training program, after graduating from the Hass School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.