A renowned producer of studio level commercial independent feature films, Block most recently served as Founder/CEO of production company QED. Prior to that, Block was the President of Artisan Entertainment.
“Bill’s extensive experience across numerous platforms, combined with his deep knowledge of the industry, makes him outstandingly qualified to propel MIRAMAX® into this new and transformative world of distribution, content and sales. Miramax is committed to expand production and acquisitions in film and television and Bill’s strong leadership will surely lead MIRAMAX® successfully into the future, and we are thrilled to have him on board,” said Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman of beIN Media Group and MIRAMAX®.
“MIRAMAX® is a storied brand that is poised for growth across all of its divisions – film, TV, licensing and beyond. Its library offers a wealth of opportunities for the global entertainment business that I look forward to exploring. It is an honor to helm this legacy and expand it qualitatively across all platforms including the immense growth potential across digital and in new media. Nasser Al-Khelaifi is a visionary entrepreneur and the beIN Media Group are committed to the long term horizon of media growth and evolution in the 21st century.”
Block most recently produced Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis and Christina Applegate, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, and Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert DeNiro and Zac Efron, directed by Dan Mazer. Previously, Block developed, financed, and produced David Ayer's Fury starring Brad Pitt, Rock the Kasbah starring Bill Murray and Bruce Willis, directed by Barry Levinson, Neill Blomkamp's District 9 and Elysium, and Oliver Stone's W., starring Josh Brolin.
Over his career, Block has produced, financed, acquired, or distributed dozens of theatrical feature films, and has worked with some of the world's most renowned filmmakers, including Peter Jackson, Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, Jon Favreau, David Koepp, Darren Aronofsky, Christopher McQuarrie and Woody Allen.
Block was previously President of Artisan Entertainment where he supervised all divisions and executive produced or acquired such films as The Blair Witch Project; The Buena Vista Social Club; Darren Aronofsky's Pi and Requiem For A Dream; The Limey directed by Steven Soderbergh and The Ninth Gate starring Johnny Depp and directed by Roman Polanski.
Before the Artisan LBO, Block distinguished himself as one of the industry's leading talent agents and was Head of West Coast Operations for International Creative Management from 1992 to 1997 and founder of the Intertalent Agency in 1988.
Block is also co-founder and chairman of Screenbid.com, the auction world's leading source of certified authentic, screen-used Hollywood memorabilia and collectibles
Block attended Columbia University and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two sons and daughter.