CHAIRMAN & CEO
Mark Damon is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Foresight Unlimited, a company he founded in 2004. Foresight Unlimited was established to develop, finance, produce and distribute high quality feature films for the domestic and international marketplace. Credited with having invented the foreign sales business as we know it today, Damon is considered one of the world’s leading authorities on international distribution and has played a successful role in various facets of the entertainment industry for over 50 years.
In May of 2008, Mark Damon’s biography, From Cowboy to Mogul to Monster, was published, chronicling his 50 years in the entertainment industry.
Damon has produced or executive produced over 70 films, and his films have received 10 Oscar nominations including: the 2005 Academy Award winner Monster, starring Charlize Theron, the critically acclaimed, multi-Oscar nominated World War II drama Das Boot, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and The NeverEnding Story, also directed by Wolfgang Petersen. Other acclaimed films include The Upside of Anger, starring Oscar nominee Joan Allen and Kevin Costner, 9 ½ Weeks, directed by Adrian Lyne, 8 Million Ways to Die, directed by Hal Ashby, Short Circuit, directed by John Badham, High Spirits directed by Neil Jordan, Choirboys directed by Robert Aldrich, The Lost Boys, directed by Joel Schumacher, Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, directed by Stephen Sommers, The Musketeer directed by Peter Hyams and Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, also directed by Peter Hyams, and starring Michael Douglas. Additional productions include The Ledge starring Liv Tyler, Terrence Howard, Patrick Wilson, and Charlie Hunnam and Flypaper starring Patrick Dempsey and Ashley Judd, written by the writers of The Hangover (Jon Lucas and Scott Moore), and directed by Rob Minkoff. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival officially selected The Ledge for the U.S. Dramatic Competition category and Flypaper for an exclusive World Premiere. Plus, the releases of 2 Guns, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Walhberg; and Lone Survivor, starring Mark Wahlberg and directed by Peter Berg.
Damon first entered the world of independent sales and production in the 1970’s while living and working in Italy where he saw a huge market of independent international distributors eager for top American movies. When he returned to the U.S. in 1977 he founded Producer Sales Organization (PSO). His goal was to sell important American pictures to international distributors, the first such company to compete with the major studios.
Damon’s subsequent success with PSO led to his reputation as the inventor of the foreign sales business and the brains behind independent film production. His early visionary contributions to the international distribution of independently produced films are widely recognized and he has developed a reputation in the entertainment industry as one of the leading producers and distributors of independent films. Over the past 25 years, Damon’s productions have grossed over $2 billion in theatrical box office worldwide.
Damon has been directly involved in the international licensing of over 300 feature length pictures, including such noteworthy box-office titles as the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, directed by Irvin Kershner and starring Sean Connery, Prizzi’s Honor, directed by John Huston and featuring Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston, Once Upon A Time In America, directed by Sergio Leone and featuring Robert DeNiro and James Woods, Cotton Club, directed by Francis Ford Coppola and featuring Richard Gere and The Final Countdown, starring Kirk Douglas.
Damon is one of the original founding members of AFMA, now known as the International Film and Television Alliance (IFTA). Mark received his M.B.A. and B.A. degrees from the University of California Los Angeles and resides with his wife in Beverly Hills.