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Double Nickel Entertainment is a production company specializing in the creation of motion picture content for exploitation and distribution around the world. The company is headed by Jenette Kahn, former longtime President and Editor-in-Chief of Time Warner’s DC Comics division, the largest English language publisher of comic books in the world and home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, and Adam Richman, former Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Motion Picture Corporation of America. Ms. Kahn brings with her an extraordinary track record of building a hugely successful company, launching multiple new properties, and leveraging them into immensely profitable films, while Mr. Richman brings an intimate knowledge of both the creative and financial sides of the industry with extensive hands-on experience in the areas of marketing and domestic/international distribution. The company has permanent bases in Los Angeles and New York which allow it to attract the broadest range of commercially viable ideas. Double Nickel has over fifteen projects in various stages of development, production and release. JENETTE KAHN is partnered with Adam Richman at Double Nickel Entertainment, the production company they co-founded in 2003. The company’s first film release was the thriller “The Flock,” starring Richard Gere and Claire Danes. Their second is the world-wide hit GRAN TORINO, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood and the most successful movie of all Mr. Eastwood’s films. They also have a wide range of film projects in development including a western starring Nicholas Cage and a drama with comedy starring Jennifer Anniston. Ms. Kahn formed Double Nickel following 27 years heading up DC Comics. At the age of 28, she became publisher of DC Comics, a division of Warner Bros. and Time Warner, and home to over 5000 characters, including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman. Five years later, she became President and Editor-in-Chief of DC, and when its founder Bill Gaines died, President and Editor-in-Chief of MAD Magazine, as well. She was the youngest person in the company to become president of a division, and also the first woman. Considered the doyenne of the comic book industry, and one of the most talented and respected women in the entertainment industry, Ms. Kahn is renowned for transforming comics from a children’s medium to a visually stylish and sophisticated art form for adults. Under her aegis, DC broke new ground with comic books and graphic novels, including The Dark Knight Returns, Constantine, Watchmen, Road to Perdition, A History of Violence, V for Vendetta, Sandman, Ronin and 100 Bullets, all of which have been made or are currently in development as feature films. Ms. Kahn also broke ground by championing and implementing extensive rights for creators in an industry where there were none. Ms. Kahn oversaw the launch of the acclaimed Vertigo imprint, now in its 16th year, and also of Milestone Comics, a minority-founded and ethnically diverse line of comic books that DC published for several years (and from which Static Shock, the animated show on The WB, was developed). Ms. Kahn is also credited with reinventing the classic DC characters, overseeing in the process the death and rebirth of Superman, which was the largest-selling comic book series in DC’s 75-year history. In addition, under Ms. Kahn’s leadership, DC became known for pushing boundaries in subject matter by addressing issues of domestic violence, sexual preference, gun violence, homelessness, racism, and AIDS in the company’s mainstream titles. Before joining DC Comics, Ms. Kahn created three groundbreaking magazines for young people. The original publication, KIDS, was entirely written and illustrated by and for children. Although KIDS was published in the early 70s, it tackled subjects that are relevant today: drug abuse, diversity, animal protection and the environment. Ms. Kahn's second magazine was Dynamite. Created for Scholastic Inc., it changed the fortunes of the company, becoming the most successful publication in its history and inspiring two similar periodicals for Scholastic: WOW and Bananas. Ms. Kahn followed with another magazine, Smash, for Xerox Education Publications. President Reagan honored Ms. Kahn for her work on drug awareness, and she has been honored by the Clinton White House, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the United Nations, and the Department of Defense for her work on landmines. The FBI honored Ms. Kahn for her efforts on gun control, as did former Governor Wilder of Virginia, who credited her with helping to pass stricter gun control legislation in his state. She has also been honored by the World Design Foundation for outstanding creative achievements. In addition, Ms. Kahn created The Wonder Woman Foundation in honor of Wonder Woman’s 40th Anniversary. In its three years of existence, the foundation gave out more than $350,000 in grants to women over 40 in categories that exemplified the inspirational characteristics of the DC heroine: women taking risks, women pursuing equality and truth, women striving for peace, women helping other women. Ms. Kahn serves on the boards of Exit Art and Harlem Stage, Harlem’s Principal Center for the Performing Arts, and is an advisor to The Bill T. Jones Dance Company. She is a founding member of The Committee of 200, a nationwide forum of key women in business. Kahn graduated Harvard with honors with a degree in Art History. Her first book, In Your Space, was published by Abbeville Press in the spring of 2002. ADAM RICHMAN co-founded Double Nickel Entertainment in 2003 with his partner, Jenette Kahn. Double Nickel’s first film release was the thriller “The Flock,” starring Richard Gere and Claire Danes, and they currently have several diverse projects in various stages of development and pre-production including films with Nic Cage and Jennifer Anniston. Mr. Richman is a Producer or Executive Producer on all Double Nickel Properties, including the recently released GRAN TORINO, starring and directed by Clint Eastwood. GRAN TORINO is Clint Eastwood’s most successful film of his career both in the United States and internationally. The film has grossed over $270,000,000 to date world-wide in its theatrical window. (GRAN TORINO was optioned, developed, creatively packaged and financially packaged all within Double Nickel and Clint Eastwood shot the script word for word.) Richman previously served as Senior Vice President of Production and Development for Motion Picture Corporation of America (MPCA), where he directly supervised more than 30 projects in development. He was also in charge of all acquisitions for the company and was integrally involved in the marketing and distribution of all films. Richman also represented MPCA at various film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, and the Aspen Comedy Festival, and was actively involved in international co-productions and financing, including private equity and film funds. In addition, he was instrumental in building the company’s television roster: during Richman’s tenure, MPCA produced many films at various networks, including HBO, Starz/Encore, Sci-Fi Channel and Fox Family. After almost four years, Richman left MPCA with producing credits on ten films, including the critically acclaimed “Joe and Max” and “The Breed.” He was responsible for overseeing the marketing, distribution and production/development on all ten of these projects for the company. Prior to MPCA, Richman was at United Talent Agency, where he was a part of the training program and assisted in the domestic and international distribution sales of three independently produced features, including the Sundance Film Festival’s centerpiece premiere of Allison Anders’ “Sugar Town,” sold to October Films, and the world premiere of Jim Fall’s “Trick,” purchased by Fine Line. He brought in a roster of entrepreneurial financing/production entities for the agency to use as alternative financial sources for projects. In addition, he developed various tracking groups and contacts at major studios, networks, agencies, management companies and production companies internationally. Richman grew up in Port Washington, New York. He graduated with honors from Tufts University with a double major in English and Drama, and later received his MBA from the Harvard Business School. During this time, Richman also began his producing career when he founded the equity company Next Stage Productions, Inc. at age 19. He produced 38 productions, directing 14, and developed 12 new scripts. After college, he also worked at HBO as a line producer in the Visitor Information Network Group. He has also served as a consultant for various game and publishing entities, including The Onion, and the Strat-O-Matic Game Company, where he executed the company’s hugely successful 40th anniversary campaign and closed large-scale digital content deals with such companies The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated Kids. More recently, he created and produced Building Career Foundations, a longitudinal documentary film study tracking the careers of 10 Harvard Business School graduates over 30 years, with updates filmed every five years. Published through Harvard Business School Press, multi-media products from Building Career Foundations have been taught at and sold to universities around the world. A long-form documentary is currently in the works. He was recently married to Yadey-Yawand Wossen. The couple lives in New York City with their chocolate lab, Bailey.
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