ADAM RICHMAN co-founded Double Nickel Entertainment with his partner, Jenette Kahn. Double Nickel’s first film was the thriller THE FLOCK, starring Richard Gere and Claire Danes, released by The Weinstein Company. Mr. Richman is a Producer or Executive Producer on all Double Nickel Properties, including 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 worldwide 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.) Double Nickel’s most recent release was the award winning and acclaimed LA CHISPA DE LA VIDA, starring Goya nominated Salma Hayek and Jose Mota. IFC handled the release of LA CHISPA domestically. Upcoming films include THE BOOK OF HENRY with Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) and THE EARTH WAS BLUE with BCDF Films.
Of late, Richman’s focus at Double Nickel has been building out its comprehensive television business. He has done this with a focus on international financing paradigms and creative distribution windowing partnered with big concept ideas employing themes and issues that travel smoothly between continents-- mostly working with comic book writers and creators. One-hour dramatic series include TRANQUILITY, created by Mark Verheiden (BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA, HEMLOCK GROVE, SMALLVILLE) sold to Bell Media in Canada; THE GIVING, currently negotiating with a studio; and others.
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 projects at various networks, including HBO, Starz/Encore, Sci-Fi Channel and Fox Family. After almost four years, Richman left MPCA with ten producing credits, 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 film finance group 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 New Line. He brought in a roster of entrepreneurial financing/production entities for the agency to use as alternative financial sources for projects.
He has also served as a consultant for various game and publishing entities, including The Onion, and sports icon Strat-O-Matic Media, LLC, where he executed the company’s hugely successful 50th anniversary campaign and closed large-scale digital content deals with companies such as The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated Kids. Richman closed just shy of $1 million in funding for the beloved sports brand and completely overhauled its digital presence—relaunching the company’s website; changing all of its software distribution over to a modern, digital downloadable system; launching the company’s first apps, casual games and licensed digital product. Richman is credited with transitioning Strat-O-Matic from a fifty year old mail-order company to a thriving internet organization showing 30% revenue growth in the last three years while having cut expenses at the company by 25%. He sits on the Board of Directors for Strat-O-Matic Media.
In the late 1990’s, he created and produced BUILDING CAREER FOUNDATIONS, a longitudinal multi-media 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 and other digital products from BUILDING CAREER FOUNDATIONS have been taught at and sold to universities around the world. A long-form documentary and interactive book is currently in the works.
Richman 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, he also began his producing career when he founded the professional equity theater company Next Stage Productions, Inc. at age 19. Richman produced 38 productions, and developed 12 new projects under the Company’s banner at resident theaters in New York City and in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts. He was managing between fifty and sixty people annually through Next Stage. After college, he also worked at Home Box Office (HBO) as a line producer in the Visitor Information Network Group.
He is married to Yadey-Yawand Wossen. The couple live in New York City with
their daughter, Tsega, and their son, Eyasu.