Los Angeles, California, United States
Mark Amin is a prominent motion picture producer, distributer and writer who’s been working in independent and mainstream cinema for over two decades. Some of Mr. Amin’s notable film credits include The Prince and Me (2004), starring Julia Stiles, 1996’s Eve’s Bayou, starring Samuel L. Jackson, and 2002’s Frida, a film which was nominated for six Academy Awards and won two, which Mr. Amin executive produced.
In 1972, Mr. Amin graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in economics and followed this with attending the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Amin graduated from the management school with a Masters of Business Administration in Marketing in 1975.
Mr. Amin’s career in the film industry began in the early 1980s when he formed Vidmark Entertainment, a company focused on video releases and which would soon prove to be a pioneer in the early era of home video entertainment. It was with the financial success of Vidmark’s Demonwarp, an independent film shot on 35 mm on a budget of only $250,000, that inspired Mr. Amin to further expand his effortsas an executive producer.
Given the success of Demonwarp, in 1985 Mr. Amin raised money through a public offering of Vidmark to form Trimark Pictures. Mr. Amin served as Chairman and CEO of the newly-formed company, and with releases such as Warlock (1988), The Dentist (1996) and the Leprechaun franchise (the first of which starred a young Jennifer Aniston), Trimark Pictures soon became one of the film industry’s leading independent production and distribution companies.
The success of Trimark’s film record paved the way for its merger with Lions Gate Entertainment in 2000, a move which made Mr. Amin Lionsgate’s single largest shareholder, as well as its Vice Chairman. During Mr. Amin’s nine-year tenure as Vice Chairman of Lionsgate, not only did the company’s revenue grow from $184 million to $1.2 billion, the production company also produced and distributed stellar film releases, including Monster’s Ball (2001), starring Halle Barry, which earned her a Best Actress Academy Award, and Best Picture Academy Award winner, Crash (2004).
A year later, in 2001, Mr. Amin founded Sobini Films, a production company focused on producing specialized and mainstream commercial films. Since its founding, Sobini Films has enjoyed producing a number of well-received films, including Streets of Legend (2003), a Sundance awa