Avi Arad

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Born(1948-04-18)April 18, 1948 [1] [2]
Occupation Film producer, businessman
Years active1993–present

Avi Arad ( /ˈɑːviˈɑːrɑːd/ ; Hebrew : אבי ארד; April 18, 1948) [1] [2] is an Israeli-American businessman and film producer who became the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s and soon afterward became the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, a Marvel director and the chairman, CEO and founder of Marvel Studios. [3] Since then, Arad has produced a wide array of live-action, animated, and television comic book adaptations including Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse , the 2019 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature.

Hebrew language Semitic language native to Israel

Hebrew is a Northwest Semitic language native to Israel; the modern version of which is spoken by over 9 million people worldwide. Historically, it is regarded as the language of the Israelites and their ancestors, although the language was not referred to by the name Hebrew in the Tanakh. The earliest examples of written Paleo-Hebrew date from the 10th century BCE. Hebrew belongs to the West Semitic branch of the Afroasiatic language family. Hebrew is the only living Canaanite language left, and the only truly successful example of a revived dead language.

Chief executive officer Highest-ranking corporate officer or administrator

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Early life and career

Arad was born in 1948 in Ramat Gan, Israel, [2] and raised in by a Jewish family. The son of Holocaust survivors from Poland, he grew up reading Superman and Spider-Man comics translated into Hebrew. In 1965, he was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He fought in and was wounded in the 1967 Six-Day War, and spent 15 days recuperating. Arad finished his military service in 1968. [1]

Ramat Gan Place in Israel

Ramat Gan is a city in the Tel Aviv District of Israel, located east of the municipality of Tel Aviv and part of the Tel Aviv metropolitan area. It is home to one of the world's major diamond exchanges, and many high-tech industries.

Israel country in the Middle East

Israel, also known as the State of Israel, is a country in Western Asia, located on the southeastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the east and west, respectively, and Egypt to the southwest. The country contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. Israel's economic and technological center is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem, although the state's sovereignty over Jerusalem has only partial recognition.

Superman Fictional superhero

Superman is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, and first appeared in Action Comics #1, published on April 18, 1938.

In 1970, Arad moved to the United States and enrolled at Hofstra University to study industrial management. He worked as a truck driver and Hebrew teacher to put himself through college, and graduated with a BBA in 1972. [1] [4]

Hofstra University university in Nassau County, New York

Hofstra University is a private university in Hempstead, New York. Long Island's largest private university, Hofstra originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) under the name Nassau College – Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island. It became independent Hofstra College in 1939 and gained university status in 1963. Comprising ten schools, including the Northwell School of Medicine and Deane School of Law, Hofstra is noted for a series of prominent Presidential conferences and hosting several United States presidential debates.

The Bachelor of Business Administration is a bachelor's degree in commerce and business administration.

Marvel Comics

Along with Israeli-American Toy Biz co-owner Isaac Perlmutter, Avi Arad came into conflict with Carl Icahn and Ron Perelman over control of Marvel Comics in the wake of its 1996 bankruptcy. In the end, Arad and Perlmutter came out on top, with Toy Biz taking over Marvel Comics in a complicated deal that included obtaining the rights to Spider-Man and other superheroes that Marvel had sold earlier. He was involved in Marvel's emergence from bankruptcy and the expansion of the company's profile through licensing and movies.

Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter is an Israeli-American businessperson and financier. He is the chairman and former CEO of Marvel Entertainment. He was also the owner of Remington Products and Marvel Toys.

Carl Celian Icahn is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder and controlling shareholder of Icahn Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate holding company based in New York City, formerly known as American Real Estate Partners. He is also Chairman of Federal-Mogul, an American developer, manufacturer and supplier of powertrain components and vehicle safety products.

Marvel Comics company that publishes comic books and related media

Marvel Comics is the brand name and primary imprint of Marvel Worldwide Inc., formerly Marvel Publishing, Inc. and Marvel Comics Group, a publisher of American comic books and related media. In 2009, The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Worldwide's parent company.

Later career

On May 31, 2006, Arad resigned his various Marvel positions, including his leadership of Marvel Studios to form his own production company, Arad Productions. Although he is still producing projects for Marvel, [3] his first feature outside Marvel was the August 2007 film Bratz . Future ventures include: manga adaptation Ghost in the Shell ; an adaption of Brandon Mull's best-seller teenage fantasy, Fablehaven ; an adaption of James Patterson's award-winning teenage novel Maximum Ride ; the adaptations of two Sony PlayStation properties, Uncharted [5] and infamous , [6] and an adaptation of Hideo Kojima's video game Metal Gear Solid . [7]

Marvel Studios, LLC is an American film studio that is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, a division of The Walt Disney Company. Marvel Studios is known for the production of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films – the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $21.38 billion at the global box office.

The following is an overview of events in 2007 in film, including the highest-grossing films, award ceremonies and festivals, a list of films released and notable deaths. The highest-grossing film of the year was Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, which was just ahead of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

<i>Ghost in the Shell</i> (2017 film) 2017 American crime drama film directed by Rupert Sanders

Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 American science fiction film directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler, and Ehren Kruger, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche. Set in a near future when the line between humans and robots is blurring, the plot follows the Major (Johansson), a cyborg supersoldier who investigates her past.

On August 25, 2010, it was announced that Arad was given a chair with the American branch of animation studio Production I.G in Los Angeles, California. [8]

Production I.G Japanese animation studio

Production I.G, Inc. is a Japanese anime studio and production enterprise, founded on December 15, 1987, by Mitsuhisa Ishikawa and headquartered in Musashino, Tokyo, Japan.

Producer filmography

1993 King Arthur and the Knights of Justice NoYesTV series
Double Dragon NoYes
The Bots Master NoYes
1994 Iron Man NoYes
Fantastic Four NoYes
Spider-Man NoYes
1996 The Incredible Hulk NoYes
Generation X NoYesTV pilot
1998 Silver Surfer NoYes
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. NoYesTV movie
Blade YesNo
1999 Spider-Man Unlimited NoYes
The Avengers: United They Stand NoYes
2000 X-Men Evolution NoYes
X-Men NoYes
2001 Mutant X NoYesCreator
2002 Blade II NoYes
Spider-Man NoYes
2003 Daredevil YesNo
X2 NoYes
Hulk YesNo
2004 The Punisher YesNo
Spider-Man 2 YesNo
Blade: Trinity NoYes
2005 Elektra YesNo
Man-Thing YesNo
Fantastic Four YesNo
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand YesNo
2007 Ghost Rider YesNo
Spider-Man 3 YesNo
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer YesNo
Bratz YesNoNominated- Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture
2008 Iron Man YesNo
The Incredible Hulk YesNo
2011 Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance YesNo
2012 The Amazing Spider-Man YesNo
2013 Robosapien: Rebooted YesNo
Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures NoYes
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 YesNo
2015 Air Bound NoYes
2016 Kong: King of the Apes NoYes
2017 Tarzan and Jane NoYes
Ghost in the Shell YesNo
Spider-Man: Homecoming NoYes
Super Monsters NoYesAlso creator
2018 Venom YesNo
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse YesNo
2020 Morbius YesNo

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