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For approaching 25 years, Robert Jones has worked as a producer, distributor, acquisitions executive, and funder of feature films. In 2005, he became president of Material Entertainment, the production company owned and distributed worldwide by New Line Cinema and U.K. distributor Entertainment.
Mr. Jones' track record entails not only working with established filmmakers but also identifying and developing new talent. Two of the latter were Bryan Singer and Paul Thomas Anderson, with whom he partnered on their respective breakthrough films, The Usual Suspects (winner of two Academy Awards and two BAFTA Awards) and Hard Eight (a.k.a. Sydney).
He has also executive-produced such notable films as Robert Altman's Academy Award-winning Gosford Park; Patrice Leconte's L'homme du train (The Man on the Train); David Mackenzie's Young Adam; Michael Radford's The Merchant of Venice; Mike Leigh's multi-award-winning Vera Drake; and Gary Chapman's U.K. CGI-animated hit Valiant.
Beginning in the early 1980s, as director of acquisitions for the independent film company Palace Pictures, Mr. Jones acquired such titles as Sam Raimi's Evil Dead movies; Rob Reiner's When Harry Met Sally…; Jim Sheridan's My Left Foot; and Robert Altman's The Player. He built the company's library catalogue to upwards of 150 titles. Subsequently, for PolyGram Distribution and German distributor NEF2, he acquired such films as Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Danny Boyle's Shallow Grave.
He next segued into film production full-time with John Duigan's Sirens and Christopher Monger's The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, both starring Hugh Grant. Having formed Jonescompany Productions in 1996, he developed and produced, among other features, Stephen Frears' Dirty Pretty Things, starring Audrey Tautou and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film topped the British Independent Film Awards with four wins, and also earned Academy Award and BAFTA Award nominations.
In late 2000, Mr. Jones began a four-year term as head of the U.K. Film Council's Premiere Fund. In addition to heading Material Entertainment, he is currently a consultant with the ACE program.
Mr. Jones has taught students production at the Media Business School, EICTV in Cuba, and EMAM in Rome; is an external examiner at the London College of Communications; and sits on the Advisory Boards of both the British Independent Film Association and The Script Factory.