I have been a film producer, director, and executive for 35 years. My films have been nominated for Emmys and Oscars, and I have worked with stars from Tom Cruise to Madonna to Christopher Reeve.
Movies are in my blood. My father was a director/producer who saved Frank Sinatra’s movie career, causing Sinatra to become my godfather.
Unfortunately, new movies are now an endangered species. Unless radical action is taken soon, new movies will no longer be produced.
My new book is entitled:
Bringing Back The Old Hollywood
Wild Times and Life Lessons with Sinatra, Cruise, Reeve, Madonna, and More.
Highlights of the book include:
- The Old Hollywood reigned supreme until the corporate takeover of Hollywood between 1982 and 1995.
- The New Hollywood only makes movies for people under 30; that is, for those who are experiencing Act One of life. The rebirth of The Old Hollywood will focus on audiences over 30; that is, those who are experiencing Acts Two and Three of life.
- To save new movies, a new international development, financing, production, and distribution system is being formed far away from Hollywood that emphasizes story and characters, not technology.
- Niches are the key to bringing back The Old Hollywood.
Personal stories include:
- I spent the Sundays of my youth with Dad’s best friends Red Skelton, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello, and the Marx Brothers.
- I played touch football with Elvis Presley, and rode horses on weekends with Ronald Reagan on his ranch.
- I produced a film (All the Right Moves) with Tom Cruise, produced a classic love story (Somewhere in Time) with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, produced an Academy-Award winning film (What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams) and had more fun producing a film (Body of Evidence) with Madonna than anyone with whom I have ever worked. Madonna gave me lessons in honesty. Yes, really. She did.
- I hired and then fired Nancy Meyers, who became the most successful woman film director (What Women Want, The Holiday, It’s Complicated) in history. I also said no to Steven Spielberg. A genius, I’m not.
We have created www.TheOldHollywood.com for both the book and also for the organization of the worldwide effort to save movies from extinction.
I am passionate about saving movies from extinction and also discussing the wild valued experiences of my life in The Old Hollywood.
“If you build it, they will come.”
(Field of Dreams, 1989)
Bringing Back The Old Hollywood is not just a metaphor.
It is, rather, a practical and achievable goal.
To do so requires the establishment of a new marketplace where people who care about the future of movies can gather to discuss, debate, and decide how movies outside The New Hollywood will get financed and distributed from this moment forward.
We are now planning film summits with a town hall atmosphere and structure. These new film summits will not convene in just one physical location because The Old Hollywood cannot return in just one place.
The new town hall summits on the future of filmed entertainment will meet online and in various cities around the world where film communities are already burgeoning and where more will proliferate as the next few years unfold.
The summits will bring together a new and vibrant coalition of writers, producers, financiers, directors, actors, actresses, executives, crew members, distributors, media, film lovers, lawyers, theater owners, and supporters from all over the world.
These town hall summits are already in the planning phase for several cities.
To book Stephen, please contact: Lauren@TheOldHollywood.com
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen Simon was born into a successful Hollywood family. His father, S. Sylvan Simon, was a producer/director who made films with stars such as Abbott and Costello, Lana Turner, and Red Skelton. He worked as both a producer and an executive at Columbia Pictures under the legendary Harry Cohn, producing films such as Born Yesterday, the 1950 film that garnered a Best Actress Oscar for star Judy Holliday.
Frank Sinatra was Stephen’s “godfather”.
After the death of his father, Stephen’s mother Harriet remarried Armand Deutsch, a film producer at MGM who produced films with stars such as Robert Taylor, James Stewart, and Grace Kelly.
In more than thirty years as a producer, director, and executive, Stephen has been involved in the production of over twenty films.
Stephen personally produced such acclaimed projects as the Academy Award® winning What Dreams May Come (starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr.), the cult classic Somewhere in Time (Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour), and All The Right Moves (Tom Cruise). He was also co-executive producer on fan favorite Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Keanu Reeves).
Stephen was the head of production for legendary producers Ray Stark (Funny Girl, The Goodbye Girl, The Way We Were) and Dino De Laurentiis (Serpico, La Strada, 3 Days of The Condor).
As an executive, Stephen supervised the development and/or production of films such as Smokey and The Bandit, The Cheap Detective, Murder by Death, and The Electric Horseman.
Stephen has led seminars and workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs. (For full Bio, please see www.TheOldHollywood.com)